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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 ([email protected]) and Adam Woods ([email protected]).

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Suffering and Psychology

Suffering and Psychology

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Frank C. Richardson
March 23, 2023

Suffering and Psychology challenges modern psychology's concentration on almost exclusively on eradicating pain, suffering, and their causes to examines the ideological commitments of this vision of the discipline and offer a counter-vision. This book explores theoretical commitments and cultural ...

A Psychological Perspective on Folk Moral Objectivism

A Psychological Perspective on Folk Moral Objectivism

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Jennifer Cole Wright
December 30, 2022

A Psychological Perspective on Folk Moral Objectivism is a thoroughly researched interdisciplinary exploration of the critical role metaethical beliefs play in the way morality functions. Whether people are "moral objectivists" or not is something that deserves much more empirical attention than it...

A Philosophical Perspective on Folk Moral Objectivism

A Philosophical Perspective on Folk Moral Objectivism

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Thomas Pölzler
December 16, 2022

Philosophers have long debated whether morality is objective. But how do lay people think about this matter? A Philosophical Perspective on Folk Moral Objectivism discusses the philosophical aspects of this question in an accessible, integrated and coherent way. The first part argues that many ...

A Humane Vision of Clinical Psychology, Volume 1 The Theoretical Basis for a Compassionate Psychotherapy

A Humane Vision of Clinical Psychology, Volume 1: The Theoretical Basis for a Compassionate Psychotherapy

1st Edition

By Robert A. Graceffo
September 09, 2022

The primary purpose of psychotherapy is to improve a patient’s subjective experience. A Humane Vision of Clinical Psychology, Volume I shows readers what this might really mean, how it can be achieved, and where prevailing views go wrong in achieving it. It lays out an alternative idea of human ...

A Humane Vision of Clinical Psychology, Volume 2 Explorations into the Practice of Compassionate Psychotherapy

A Humane Vision of Clinical Psychology, Volume 2: Explorations into the Practice of Compassionate Psychotherapy

1st Edition

By Robert A. Graceffo
August 30, 2022

The purpose of A Humane Vision of Clinical Psychology, Volume II, is to encourage clinical and personal reflection on the part of reading clinicians, so as to foster more thought about the meaning and complexities of the therapeutic encounter. It does so by offering three clinical examples and a ...

The Ethical Visions of Psychotherapy

The Ethical Visions of Psychotherapy

1st Edition

By Kevin Smith
February 01, 2022

The standard view of psychotherapy as a treatment for mental disorders can obscure how therapy functions as a social practice that promotes conceptions of human well-being. Building on the philosophy of Charles Taylor, Smith examines the link between therapy and ethics, and the roots of therapeutic...

Therapeutic Ethics in Context and in Dialogue

Therapeutic Ethics in Context and in Dialogue

1st Edition

By Kevin Smith
February 01, 2022

The standard view of psychotherapy as a treatment for mental disorders can obscure how therapy functions as a social practice that promotes conceptions of human well-being. Building on the philosophy of Charles Taylor, Smith examines the link between therapy and ethics, and the roots of therapeutic...

Hermeneutic Approaches to Interpretive Research Dissertations In a Different Key

Hermeneutic Approaches to Interpretive Research: Dissertations In a Different Key

1st Edition

Edited By Philip Cushman
August 23, 2021

This unique and insightful book brings together a collection of impactful essays written by former psychology doctoral students, which feature hermeneutics as a method of qualitative inquiry. Philip Cushman brings together eleven chapters in which his former students describe their ...

Global Pandemics and Epistemic Crises in Psychology A Socio-Philosophical Approach

Global Pandemics and Epistemic Crises in Psychology: A Socio-Philosophical Approach

1st Edition

Edited By Martin Dege, Irene Strasser
July 23, 2021

Using COVID-19 as a base, this groundbreaking book brings together several renowned scholars to explore the concept of crisis, and how this global event has shaped the discipline of psychology. It engages directly with the challenges that psychology continues to face when theorizing societal issues...

Hermeneutic Dialogue and Shaping the Landscape of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology The Work of Frank Richardson

Hermeneutic Dialogue and Shaping the Landscape of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology: The Work of Frank Richardson

1st Edition

Edited By Robert Bishop
July 23, 2021

This volume introduces the methodological value of hermeneutic dialogue in the field of theoretical and philosophical psychology. It reflects on the works of Frank Richardson, who has made, and continues to make, seminal contributions to the field, as well as having influenced the work of many of ...

Hermeneutic Moral Realism in Psychology Theory and Practice

Hermeneutic Moral Realism in Psychology: Theory and Practice

1st Edition

Edited By Brent D. Slife, Stephen C. Yanchar
March 31, 2021

Traditional sources of morality—philosophical ethics, religious standards, and cultural values—are being questioned at a time when we most need morality’s direction. Research shows that though moral direction is vital to our identities, happiness, productivity and relationships, there is a decline ...

Critical Psychology Praxis Psychosocial Non-Alignment to Modernity/Coloniality

Critical Psychology Praxis: Psychosocial Non-Alignment to Modernity/Coloniality

1st Edition

Edited By Robert Beshara
February 25, 2021

This collection of chapters advances critical psychology by incorporating praxis (theory and practice) and decolonial streams of thought. They are united around a theme of psychosocial non-alignment to modernity/coloniality. Bringing together a transdisciplinary range of authors from around the ...

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