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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 Christina Chronister ([email protected]).

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Critical Psychology Praxis Psychosocial Non-Alignment to Modernity/Coloniality

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

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Robert K. 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 ...

Problematic Research Practices and Inertia in Scientific Psychology History, Sources, and Recommended Solutions

Problematic Research Practices and Inertia in Scientific Psychology: History, Sources, and Recommended Solutions

1st Edition

Forthcoming

James T. Lamiell, Kathleen L. Slaney
November 05, 2020

This volume explores the abiding intellectual inertia in scientific psychology in relation to the discipline’s engagement with problematic beliefs and assumptions underlying mainstream research practices, despite repeated critical analyses which reveal the weaknesses, and in some cases complete ...

A Multidisciplinary Approach to Embodiment Understanding Human Being

A Multidisciplinary Approach to Embodiment: Understanding Human Being

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Nancy K Dess
October 23, 2020

This is a collection of pithy and accessible essays on the nature and implications of human embodiment which explore the concept of ‘human being’ in the most unprecedented manner through seemingly disparate academic disciplines. With contributions from key researchers from around the world, this ...

From Scientific Psychology to the Study of Persons A Psychologist’s Memoir

From Scientific Psychology to the Study of Persons: A Psychologist’s Memoir

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Jack Martin
October 23, 2020

This is a critical, personalized approach to reframing the discipline of psychology through a singular narrative in the form of a memoir written by a successful research psychologist. In this book we follow Martin’s unique career, which has allowed him to understand and adopt different ...

Hermeneutic Moral Realism in Psychology Theory and Practice

Hermeneutic Moral Realism in Psychology: Theory and Practice

1st Edition

Brent D. Slife, Stephen Yanchar
September 01, 2020

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 ...

The Ethical Visions of Psychotherapy

The Ethical Visions of Psychotherapy

1st Edition

Kevin R Smith
June 15, 2020

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

Kevin R Smith
June 15, 2020

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...

Subjectivity in Psychology in the Era of Social Justice

Subjectivity in Psychology in the Era of Social Justice

1st Edition

Bethany Morris, Chase Kelly O'Gwin, Sebastienne Grant, Sakenya McDonald
February 28, 2020

The notion of social justice permeates much of current Western political and cultural discourse with a newfound urgency. What it means to be socially just is a question Morris et al investigate and interrogate, looking at psychology’s contributions to the subject and considering the practicality of...

A Humanities Approach to the Psychology of Personhood

A Humanities Approach to the Psychology of Personhood

1st Edition

Jeff Sugarman, Jack Martin
February 17, 2020

In this set of insightful essays, the concept of the psychological humanities is defined and explored. A clear rationale is provided for its necessity in the study and understanding of the individual and identity in a discipline that is occupied largely by empirical studies that report ...

Situating Qualitative Methods in Psychological Science

Situating Qualitative Methods in Psychological Science

1st Edition

Brian Schiff
November 28, 2019

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

1st Edition

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

1st Edition

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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