Science of Mind

Science of Mind

The Quest for Psychological Reality

1st Edition - December 12, 1990

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  • eBook ISBN: 9781483288437

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This book explains the social factors that shape the nature of theory and research traditions in psychology. It presents a broad treatment of the construction of theory and knowledge in science and philosophy with particular emphasis on psychological thinking. Du Preez, emphasizing the "evolution of knowledge," discusses theory and research across behaviorism, psychoanalysis, phenomenology, cognitive psychology, and many other psychological areas, placing them in their socio-philosophical contexts.

Key Features

  • Sketches a theory of mind which is reflexively applicable to the theorist
  • Identifies selectors which influence the evolution of research traditions
  • Uses Kuhn's concept of a disciplinary matrix to describe the structure of research traditions
  • Illustrates the concept of a research tradition by reference to existential phenomenology, psychoanalysis, genetic epistemology, and radical behaviorism


Advanced undergraduate and graduate students in psychology and philosophy of science

Table of Contents

  • Research Traditions in Psychology: The Knowledge Matrix. Paradigms and Disciplinary Matrixes. Research Traditions and Theories. Rhetoric and Change in Research Traditions: The Uses of Metaphor; or a Hatful of Larks. Displacements: Metaphor/Metonymy/Myth. The Fulcrum of Reason: Truism/Axiom/Tautology. Problem-solving and the Evolution of Theory. Problem-solving and Strategies of Competition. Values. The Quest for the Real. Toward a Reflexive Psychology: Polyphonic Beings. Epilogue. References.

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  • No. of pages: 240
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1990
  • Published: December 12, 1990
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483288437

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