Clinical Psychology and the Philosophy of Science / Edition 1

Clinical Psychology and the Philosophy of Science / Edition 1

by William O'Donohue
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Springer International Publishing

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Clinical Psychology and the Philosophy of Science / Edition 1

​The motivation for this volume is simple. For a variety of reasons, clinical psychologists have long shown considerable interest in the philosophy of science. When logical positivism gained currency in the 1930s, psychologists were among the most avid readers of what these philosophers had to say about science. Part of the critique of Skinner’s radical behaviorism and thus behavior therapy was that it relied on, and thus was logically dependent on, the truth of logical positivism—a claim decisively refuted both historically and logically by L.D. Smith (1986) in his important Behaviorism and Logical Positivism: A Reassessment of the Alliance. ​

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ISBN-13: 9783319001845
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Publication date: 05/29/2013
Edition description: 2013
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.02(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction.- Special Topic: What are philosophical methods?.-The Major Problems of the Philosophy of Science and Clinical Psychology.-Special Topic: The relationship between the history of science and the philosophy of science.-Epistemology and Logical Positivism.-Special Topic I: Logical Positivism and Radical Behaviorism.-Special Topic II: Epistemic and Philosophical Problems of the APA’s Ethical Code 61.- Popper: Conjectures and Refutations.- Special Topic I: Three Other Key Evolutionary Epistemologists: Campbell, Quine and Skinner.- Special Topic II: Popper’s Political Philosophy.-The Spell of Kuhn on Psychology.-Four Other Major Philosophers of Science.-Special Topic: A Fifth Account of Science: The B.F. Skinner’s Indigenous, Behavioral Account of Science.- Post-Modernism, Social Constructionist, and the Science Wars.- The Complexity of Science Studies: Multiple Perspectives on a Human.

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