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Revista Polis e Psique

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KVELLER, Daniel; FERNANDES, Daniel Rodrigues; CASTRO, Diego Drescher de  and  TREPTE, Renata Flores. The ethical-aesthetic-political paradox: towards a radicalization of social psychology. Rev. Polis Psique [online]. 2021, vol.11, n.1, pp.123-142. ISSN 2238-152X.

"How can Social Psychology help us think about the present?". Taking this interrogation as a starting point, we question what seems to be an "obvious" way to understand a certain social psychology, a certain present, and a certain relationship between these two terms. Our main goal is to problematize the so-called ethical-aesthetic-political paradigm, and we proceed through three complementary sections: we question how this paradigm is characterized as an evolution in the field of Social Psychology; we relate this characterization to a broader interpretation of Brazilian politics as a narrative of progress; and we criticize some of its theoretical-epistemological assumptions while dialoguing with gender studies, critical race studies, postcolonial and decolonial studies. Finally, we return to our starting point to suggest that, before examining the present, Social Psychology should use it to radicalize its own epistemological and political assumptions, moving away from the idea of an ethical-aesthetic-political paradigm towards an ethical-aesthetic-political paradox..

Keywords : Social psychology; ethical-aesthetic-political paradigm; Epistemology; Temporality; University.

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