Re-Envisioning Psychology: Moral Dimensions of Theory and Practice / Edition 2

Re-Envisioning Psychology: Moral Dimensions of Theory and Practice / Edition 2

by Frank C. Richardson, Blaine J. Fowers, Charles B. Guignon
     
 

A powerful new view of psychology

Re-envisioning Psychology offers a provocative examination of contemporary psychology and its role in society and presents a bold new philosophical perspective from which clinicians and researchers can re-imagine their work.

Re-envisioning Psychology is a breath of fresh air, a clear and

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A powerful new view of psychology

Re-envisioning Psychology offers a provocative examination of contemporary psychology and its role in society and presents a bold new philosophical perspective from which clinicians and researchers can re-imagine their work.

Re-envisioning Psychology is a breath of fresh air, a clear and resounding voice that provides an intellectual and moral direction that, if heeded and built upon, could lead psychology out of the confusion and political collusion in which it is currently mired. Richardson, Fowers, and Guignon have imaginatively applied interpretive and dialogic concepts to the most troubling aspects of theory and practice. If psychology is going to be saved from its own worst tendencies, this book will be an indispensable element in its turning.”
—PHILIP CUSHMAN, associate professor, California School of Professional Psychology, and author of Constructing the Self, Constructing America: A Cultural History of Psychotherapy

“Richardson, Fowers, and Guignon bring together a valuable integrated examination of psychology’s entanglements with twentieth century ideologies. The book provides a cogent argument for the importance of social theory in the understanding of the cultural and moral underpinnings of modern psychology and psychological practice. A commendable ethical imperative drives the authors’ ideas and provides a model for others.”
—RACHEL T. HARE-MUSTIN, diplomate in clinical psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology, and coauthor, Making a Difference: Psychology and the Construction of Gender

“This book is a frank and insightful assessment of the unacknowledged culture and moral values that pervade modern psychotherapy practice and theory. This book not only diagnoses the problem but offers us an ‘interpretive psychology’ as a thought-provoking treatment.”
—BRENT D. SLIFE, professor of psychology, Brigham Young University, and author, What's Behind the Research? Discovering Hidden Assumptions in the Behavioral Sciences

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470447635
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/29/1999
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

FRANK C. RICHARDSON is professor, Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas, Austin.

BLAINE J. FOWERS is associate professor, Department of Educational and Psychological Studies at the University of Miami.

CHARLES B. GUIGNON is professor, Department of Philosophy at the University of Vermont.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Pt. 1Ethical Underpinnings of Modern Psychotherapy
1Dilemmas of Modern Culture25
2Freedom and Commitment in Modern Psychotherapy53
3Individualism, Family Ideology, and Family Therapy73
4The Challenge of Psychotherapy Integration91
5Existential Psychotherapy: A Reassessment114
Pt. 2Beyond Scientism and Constructionism
6Cognitive Theory of Aggression: A Case Study141
7Individualism, Marital Research, and the Good Marriage156
8Clashing Views of Social Inquiry173
9What Is Hermeneutics?199
Pt. 3Toward an Interpretive Psychology
10Rethinking Psychotherapy239
11Social Theory as Practice277
References307
About the Authors325
Name Index327
Subject Index333

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