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Advances in Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology


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The founders of psychology — thinkers such as Wundt, Freud, and Spencer — recognized the importance of psychologists formulating for themselves the conceptual foundations of the discipline. These parents of psychology not only did their own theorizing, in cooperation with many others; they realized the significance of constantly re-examining these theories and philosophies, including the theories and philosophies of psychology’s methods.

The Advances in Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology series is dedicated to this examining and re-examining. It identifies the pivotal and problematic non-empirical issues that face the discipline and addresses these issues in the tradition of the theorists of natural science — uncovering the implicit concepts and hidden assumptions of programs of research and strategies of practice to compare them to concepts and assumptions that might be better.

To learn more about the series or to propose a title, please contact Brent Slife (slife@byu.edu) and Christina Chronister (Christina.Chronister@taylorandfrancis.com).

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Situating Qualitative Methods in Psychological Science

Situating Qualitative Methods in Psychological Science

Brian Schiff
July 10, 2018

Although qualitative approaches to psychological research have a long history in the discipline, they have also been, and remain, marginalized from the canon of mainstream scientific psychology. At the current moment, however, there is growing recognition of the importance of qualitative methods...

On Hijacking Science: Exploring the Nature and Consequences of Overreach in Psychology

On Hijacking Science: Exploring the Nature and Consequences of Overreach in Psychology

Edwin E. Gantt, Richard N. Williams
April 12, 2018

This book examines the origins, presence, and implications of scientistic thinking in psychology. Scientism embodies the claim that only knowledge attained by means of natural scientific methods counts as valid and valuable. This perspective increasingly dominates thinking and practice in...

The Hidden Worldviews of Psychology’s Theory, Research, and Practice

The Hidden Worldviews of Psychology’s Theory, Research, and Practice

Brent D. Slife, Kari A. O'Grady, Russell D. Kosits
June 22, 2017

By revealing underlying assumptions that influence the field of psychology, The Hidden Worldviews of Psychology’s Theory, Research, and Practice challenges psychologists to reconsider the origins of ideas they may take as psychological truths. Worldviews, or the systems of assumptions that provide...

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