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Hermeneutic Moral Realism in Psychology

Theory and Practice, 1st Edition

Edited by Brent D. Slife, Stephen Yanchar


132 pages

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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 in its development and use, especially among younger adults.

This book argues that hermeneutic moral realism is the best hope for meeting the twenty-first century challenges of scientism, individualism, and postmodernism. In addition to providing a thorough understanding of moral realism, the volume also takes preliminary steps toward its application in important practical settings, including research, psychotherapy, politics, and publishing.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Moral Grounds in the Postmodern Era: The Reality of Hermeneutic Morality in Psychology. Brent D Slife and Stephen C. Yanchar

Section 1

Chapter 1: Hermeneutic Moral Realism, Participational Agency, and World Disclosure

Stephen Yanchar and Brent D. Slife

Chapter 2:The Moral Hermeneutic of Scientific Justification. Joshua W. Clegg

Chapter 3: Culture and Hermeneutic Moral Realism. Jacob R. Hickman

Section 2

Chapter 4: Psychotherapy and the Moral Realism of Charles Taylor. Brent Slife, Eric A. Ghelfi, and Nathan M. Slife

Chapter 5: The moral affordances of publishing practices. Joshua W. Clegg

Chapter 6: Politics and Moral Realism. Frank C. Richardson, Robert C. Bishop, and Kathleen L. Slaney

Chapter 7: Inquiry into Moral Configurations. Stephen C. Yanchar and Susan Peterson Gong

About the Editors

Brent D. Slife is a clinical psychologist and, until his recent retirement, was Professor of Psychology at Brigham Young University, USA. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology and received the Presidential Citation from the American Psychological Association for his contribution to psychology.

Stephen C. Yanchar is an Associate Professor in the Department of Instructional Psychology and Technology at Brigham Young University, USA. He is primarily interested in theoretical and philosophical issues in education and psychology, especially those pertaining to agency and learning, qualitative inquiry, and design practices.

About the Series

Advances in Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology

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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