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About Psychology
Essays at the Crossroads of History, Theory, and Philosophy
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Darryl B. Hill - Editor
Michael J. Kral - Editor
SUNY series, Alternatives in Psychology
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Hardcover - 190 pages
Release Date: March 2003
ISBN10: 0-7914-5703-6
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-5703-0

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Paperback - 190 pages
Release Date: March 2003
ISBN10: 0-7914-5704-4
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-5704-7

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A critical and historical overview of psychology.

Demonstrating how psychologists use theory, philosophy, and history to illuminate the subjects they study, this book explores both the obstacles and benefits of integrating these perspectives into contemporary Western psychology. It offers a timely survey of current ideas at the crossroads of these disciplines and represents new ideas about how psychology can respond to changes on what it means to be human and on how to further this knowledge. The convergence of history, theory, and philosophy is examined from three perspectives: the reconsideration of the importance of context in psychology; the argument that psychology is embedded in morality, values, and politics; and the consideration of the practice of such convergence, looking at how history, theory, and philosophy function in psychology. This book presents contemporary thinking by noted scholars who have made significant contributions to a re-visioning of psychology.

"An up-to-date, savvy overview of psychology at the 'crossroads.' This book represents a creative interpretation of important issues and contains original touches that the expert in theoretical/philosophical psychology will find both helpful and stimulating." — Frank C. Richardson, coauthor of Re-envisioning Psychology: Moral Dimensions of Theory and Practice

Contributors include Colin M. Burchfield, Kurt Danziger, Amy M. Fisher Smith, Scott Greer, Darryl B. Hill, Meredith M. Kimball, Michael J. Kral, Jack Martin, Karen M. Seeley, Brent Slife, Hendrikus Stam, Jeff Sugarman, and Charles Tolman.

Darryl B. Hill is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Concordia University. Michael J. Kral is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Windsor. He is the coeditor (with Antoon A. Leenaars, Susanne Wenckstern, and Ronald J. Dyck) of Suicide in Canada.


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

1. Convergence and Conjunction at the Crossroads
Darryl B. Hill and Michael J. Kral

2. Where History, Theory, and Philosophy Meet: The Biography of Psychological Objects
Kurt Danziger

3. The Moral Dimension of Psychological Practice, Theory, and Subject Matter
Charles W. Tolman

4. Psychotherapists As Crypto-Missionaries: An Exemplar on the Crossroads of History, Theory, and Philosophy
Brent D. Slife, Amy Fisher Smith, and Colin M. Burchfield

5. A Theory of Personhood for Psychology
Jack Martin and Jeff Sugarman

6. Self-Esteem and the Demoralized Self: A Geneaology of Self Research and Measurement
Scott Greer

7. Cultural Turns in Psychology
Karen M. Seeley

8. Feminists Rethink Gender
Meredith M. Kimball

9. Retrieving the Past for the Future: Boundary Maintenance in Historical and Theoretical Psychology
Henderikus J. Stam

Contributors

Index



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