Contextualism

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Philosophy consists of the pre-analytic assumptions and rules of evidence (or criteria for truth) that are used to create, assess, and evaluate knowledge claims and theories. There are many different ways to describe, interpret, and understand the events of our world, and philosophy guides how we choose to speak about these events. While philosophical assumptions are often left unstated, particularly in science, being clear and open about one's philosophical position can improve coherence, reduce misunderstandings, avoid pointless debate, and allow more productive comparisons and evaluations of theories.

The brand of psychology presented on this website is based on a philosophical worldview known as contextualism. In particular, it is based on a philosophy of science known as functional contextualism. Click on the links below to learn more about this philosophy and how it guides our science.