1st Edition

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

    628 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.


    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


    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.