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.
Introduction: Moral Grounds in the Postmodern Era: The Reality of Hermeneutic Morality in Psychology. Brent D Slife and Stephen C. Yanchar
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
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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Christina Chronister (Christina.Chronister@taylorandfrancis.com).