Philosophical reflexivity in social justice work
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Critical and non-traditional researchers and practitioners in the human sciences have emphasized for some time now the importance of reflexivity in the production of psychological and social knowledge and intervention. In this paper we provide a useful heuristic when dividing reflexivity into ontological, epistemological, and ethical parts, and when using them as philosophical tools within social justice work, whether theoretical or practical. We suggest that reflexivity is a first–person psychological concept, meaning that it should be applied to oneself, that is, to one’s own theories and practices. We suggest that psychologists interested in social justice work should ask questions ranging from assumptions about human nature and the purpose of knowledge to the role of violence. All philosophical reflexivities are integrated in daily social justice work. The importance of philosophical reflection is emphasized and developed.