Science of Mind : Quest for Psychological Reality
This book is concerned with 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. The authors emphasize "evolution knowledge". The development of a research tradition is dependent on variation and selection concomitant with culture. Justifying the current "state of art" should be in terms of the selective processes through which it has arisen, not necessarily from first principles in "absolute" terms. Du Preez discusses theory and research across behaviourism, psychoanalysis, phenomenology, cognitive psychology and many other psychological areas, placing them in their socio-philosophical content.
- Hardback | 288 pages
- 152.4 x 231.14 x 15.24mm | 408.23g
- 01 Feb 1991
- Elsevier Science Publishing Co Inc
- Academic Press Inc
- San Diego, United States
- references, index
Table of contents
Part 1 Research traditions in psychology: the knowledge matrix; paradigms and disciplinary matrixes; research traditions and theories. Part 2 Rhetoric and change in research traditions: the uses of metaphor - or a hatful of larks; displacements - metaphor/metonym/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. Part 3 Towards a reflexive psychology: polyphonic beings.