Psychology, Science, and Human Affairs: Essays in Honor of William Bevan

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These original essays, written by prominent scholars, pay tribute to the work of William Bevan. In the course of his distinguished career, Bevan has exhibited an almost unique capacity to focus a clear-eyed, critical gaze on operating assumptions and actions - his own and those of others - and to initiate consequential, constructive steps forward, both in his writing and in his deeds. Substantive contributions in their own right, these essays convey the range and reach of Bevan's ideas and influence. The authors ...
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These original essays, written by prominent scholars, pay tribute to the work of William Bevan. In the course of his distinguished career, Bevan has exhibited an almost unique capacity to focus a clear-eyed, critical gaze on operating assumptions and actions - his own and those of others - and to initiate consequential, constructive steps forward, both in his writing and in his deeds. Substantive contributions in their own right, these essays convey the range and reach of Bevan's ideas and influence. The authors examine central themes and issues that Bevan has addressed in his own work, such as the social and human dimensions of science; the nature-nuture controversy; cognition and psychodynamics; applications for clinical, forensic, and organizational psychology; behavioral science and the political process; and the problem of specialization and fragmentation within the discipline. Including an afterword by Bevan as well as one of his key essays, the book reveals how Bevan has placed landmarks and posed challenges across the landscape of psychological thought. Traversing this diverse terrain will be well worth the reader's time, for established scholars as well as for students in psychology and in other social science disciplines.
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Emerging from a symposium held at the June 1990 meeting of the American Psychological Society, 16 essays convey the range and reach of Bevan's ideas and influence. The authors examine central themes and issues that Bevan has addressed in his own work, such as the social and human dimensions of science; the nature-nurture controversy; cognition and psychodynamics; applications for clinical, forensic, and organizational psychology; behavioral science and the political process; and the problem of specialization and fragmentation within the discipline. Includes an afterword and two reprinted essays by Bevan. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813316789
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 1/9/1995
  • Pages: 299
  • Lexile: 1350L (what's this?)

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Jerome Kagan is the Daniel and Amy Starch Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and the author of many books, including The Nature of the Child.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
A Journey at the Dangerous Edge of Things: Some Reflections on William Bevan's Legacy 1
1 The Human Agency of Science 17
2 Taking Human Nature Seriously: Psychology and the Polity 34
3 Metatheory in Psychology and a Psychology of Metatheory: The Case of William James 46
4 Stargazing: James McKeen Cattell, American Men of Science, and the Reward Structure of the American Scientific Community, 1906-1944 64
5 The Nature-Nurture Controversy in Social and Historical Perspective 89
6 Bevan's Wisdoms 100
7 Development and Adaptation: The Contributions of the MacArthur Foundation and William Bevan 109
8 Context Defines Psychology 125
9 Cognition, Psychodynamics, and Control of Experience 138
10 Expert Psychological Testimony About Eyewitnesses: An Update 151
11 DSM-IV Process and Outcomes 167
12 Organizational Management: A Point of View 179
13 Scientific Freedom and Responsibility 194
14 Why Behavioral Scientists Must Take Root in the Political Forest, and How They Can Find Their Way There 210
15 Psychology Has a Rosy Past, Present and Future 231
16 Psychology Evolving: Linkages, Hierarchies, and Dimensions 245
Afterword 261
About the Contributors 263
About the Book 272
Appendixes
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