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      An Ontological Turn for Psychology in the Age of the Machine and Global Warming

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      International Perspectives in Psychology
      Hogrefe Publishing Group

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          Abstract: This essay pays homage to indigenous psychology by reiterating its central theme – decolonization – through a variant of the theme in the call for an ontological turn. Ontology refers to human’s basic commitments and assumptions about reality, namely what things are, and what they could be. It is argued that ontologies have consequences. The ontology of objects privileged in science facilitates the acquisition of objective knowledge in the physical world, but cannot improve our understanding of the culturally different other whose lives may be shaped by ontology of subjects. Ethnographic data from Southeast Asia are used as illustration of how ontology of subjects may fill a moral vacuum in value-neutral science and give psychology better insights into the problems of advanced technology ranging from automatization to global warming.

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          This essay argues that a shift in orientation from ontology of objects, privileged in science, to ontology of subjects, prevalent in preindustrial societies, can improve understanding and reduce prejudice toward the culturally different other by filling a moral vacuum in value-neutral science and giving psychology better insights into the problems of advanced technology ranging from automatization to global warming.

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                Journal
                International Perspectives in Psychology
                International Perspectives in Psychology
                Hogrefe Publishing Group
                2157-3883
                2157-3891
                April 2023
                April 2023
                : 12
                : 2
                : 123-129
                Affiliations
                [1 ]Independent Researcher, APA Fellow, Chair of Indigenous Psychology Taskforce, Rochester, NY, USA
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                10.1027/2157-3891/a000075
                205a14ff-8df6-4b2a-99dd-fc971ec38539
                © 2023
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