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Routledge International Handbook of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology
Critiques, Problems, and Alternatives to Psychological Ideas

ISBN 9780367465650
Published December 29, 2021 by Routledge
628 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Routledge International Handbook of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology is a compilation of works by leading scholars in theoretical and philosophical psychology that offers critical analyses of, and alternatives to, current theories and philosophies typically taken for granted in mainstream psychology.

Within their chapters, the expert authors briefly describe accepted theories and philosophies before explaining their problems and exploring fresh, new ideas for practice and research. These alternative ideas offer thought-provoking ways of reinterpreting many aspects of human existence often studied by psychologists. Organized into five sections, the volume covers the discipline of psychology in general, various subdisciplines (e.g., positive psychology and human development), concepts of self and identity as well as research and practice. Together the chapters present a set of alternative ideas that have the potential to take the field of psychology in fruitful directions not anticipated in more traditional theory and research.

This handbook will be a valuable resource for students and scholars of the theory, assumptions, and history of psychology.

Table of Contents


Brent D. Slife, Stephen C. Yanchar, & Frank C. Richardson

Section I. Alternative Conceptions of Psychology as a Discipline

1. Minds, Brains, or Persons? What is Psychology About?

Svend Brinkmann

2. Psychology’s Flawed Focus on Individuals and Individualism: A Strong Relationality Alternative

Jeffrey S. Reber and Brent D. Slife 

3. The End of Disembodied Mind: Fleshing Out Psychology

Nancy K. Dess

4. The Distorting Lens of Psychology’s Individualism and a Social Realist Alternative

Blaine J. Fowers, Lukas F. Novak, Alexander J. Calder and Robert K. Sommer

5. Should Psychology Care About Metaphysics?

Mark H. Bickhard

6. Philosophical Hermeneutics: Beyond Objectivism and Relativism in Psychology

Frank C. Richardson

7. Carving the Joints: The Ontology and Epistemology of Natural Kinds in Psychology

James M. Nelson

Section II. Alternative Conceptions of Fields Within Psychology: Positive Psychology, Development, Learning, Evolutionary Psychology, History, and Ethics

8. A Social Constructionist Critique of Positive Psychology

Vivian Burr and Penny Dick

9. Striving for the Whole Toward an Organismic Theory of Development

Brady Wagoner

10. Beyond Mechanism in Psychological Theories of Learning: A Hermeneutic Account of Embodied Familiarization

Stephen C. Yanchar and Stephen W. Francis

11. Reductive Naturalism and Evolutionary Psychology’s Empty Ethics of Enhancement: A Phenomenological Alternative

Edwin E. Gantt, Jared C. Parker and Kiara M. Aguirre

12. Psychology and the Significance of History

Jeff Sugarman

13. Philosophical and Political Lessons from the Hoffman Report: Toward a Hermeneutic Re-Moralization of Psychology

Philip Cushman

Section III. Alternative Conceptions of Self and Identity

14. Who am I? Towards a Multi-Voiced Dialogical Self

Hubert J. M. Hermans

15. Racial Identity and Transnational Migration: Black-Canadian and Indian-American Diaspora

Sunil Bhatia and Rashelle Litchmore

16. A Critical Interpretative Psychology of Gender

Eva Magnusson and Jeanne Marecek 

17. Narrative Psychology and Beyond: Returning the Other to the Story of the Self

Mark P. Freeman

18. Subjectivity

Suzanne R. Kirschner

19. Preserving Agency as a Human Phenomenon

Richard N. Williams and Edwin E. Gantt

Section IV. Alternative Conceptions of Psychological Inquiry

20. A Nonreductive "Person-based Ontology" for Psychological Inquiry

Jack Martin

21. Why Human Inquiry Is Different than Natural Science Inquiry

Robert C. Bishop

22. The Participatory Perspective: Moving Beyond "Pro-World" Approaches to Theorizing in Psychology Without Adopting "Pro-Subject/Mind" Approaches

Michael A. Westerman

23. Metaphors, Idioms, and Clichés: The Rhetoric of Objectivity in Psychological Science Discourse

Kathleen L. Slaney and Charlie A. Wu

24. Existential Phenomenological Research: A "Human Science" Alternative for Psychology

Scott D. Churchill Amy M. Fisher Smith

Section V. Alternative Conceptions of Psychological Practices: Psychotherapy, Abnormality, Theorizing, Aging, and Marriage

25. The Virtue of Virtue for Psychotherapy: Contextualizing and Situating the Conversation

David M. Goodman, Steven J. Sandage, David Rupert, Michael Mookie C. Manalili, Jesse Owen, Todd Farchione and Mary C. Zanarini

26. Subjectivity, Schizophrenia, and the Self: An Introduction to Phenomenological Psychopathology

Louis A. Sass

27. The Praxis of Theorizing in Psychology: From Traditional to Critical Perspectives

Thomas Teo

28. Radicalizing Aging Theory in a Participatory Democracy: Critical Reflective Praxis of Phenomenology as Enacted Activism

Mary Beth Quananta Morrissey, Anne Zimmerman and Cathy L. Purvis Lively

29. Rethinking Marriage in a Post-Traditional Western World

Steve W. Kinney

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Brent D. Slife recently retired as Professor of Psychology at Brigham Young University. He has been honored with BYU’s highest faculty award as well as the American Psychological Association Presidential Citation for his contribution to psychology. Dr. Slife has served as the President of the Society of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology and was until recently the Editor-in-Chief of the APA Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology. He also edits a book series with Routledge Publications and has authored or co-authored over 200 articles and 10 books.

Stephen C. Yanchar is Professor of Instructional Psychology and Technology at Brigham Young University. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology and an editorial board member of New Ideas in Psychology. He is co-editor of the Routledge volume Hermeneutic Moral Realism in Psychology: Theory and Practice.

Frank C. Richardson is Professor of Educational Psychology (emeritus) at the University of Texas, Austin. He is author or editor of several books, including Re-envisioning Psychology and Critical Thinking about Psychology and the author of over 100 articles and chapters in theoretical psychology and the philosophy of social science.