Theoretical Issues in Psychology: An Introduction / Edition 2 available in Paperback
What is science, and to what extent does psychology exemplify scientific characteristics? What is the mind, and what does psychology have to say about this central object of study? This major new textbook provides a clear and comprehensive guide to the theoretical issues at the heart of contemporary psychology. It reaches across several disciplines, including philosophy, psychology, and cognitive science, and guides the reader through the major issues. Whether explaining key areas of debate such as reductionism, functionalism, relativism, and the nature of consciousness or introducing central figures such as Popper, Kuhn, and Lakatos, this book will be invaluable to those who seek a deeper understanding in psychology. A bold new volume, Theoretical Issues in Psychology is intended for academics and students in psychology, history of psychology, philosophy of science, sociology of science, and philosophy of the mind.
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Table of ContentsTHEORY OF SCIENCE FOR PSYCHOLOGY Introduction Knowledge, Everyday Knowledge and Science Arguments, Laws, Theories, Models and Facts Explanation and Understanding Functional and Teleological Explanations Reductionism, Supervenience and Strata Reasons and Causes PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE FOR PSYCHOLOGY Introduction
Scientific Methods and Rationality Logical Positivism and Demarcation Problems with the Standard View of Science Demarcation - Popper Demarcation Abandoned - Kuhn, Lakatos, Feyerabend Alternatives to Positivism 1 - Hermeneutics, Constructionism, Rhetoric Problems of Realism and Relativism Alternatives to Positivism 2 - Scientific Realism and Pragmatism SOCIOLOGY AND PSYCHOLOGY OF SCIENCE Introduction Ideology and Sociology of Knowledge Critical Theory and the Sociology of Science The Strong Programme in the Sociology of Knowledge The Sociology of Scientific Practice And What about a Psychology of Science?
PHILOSOPHY OF MIND Introduction
The Nature of Mind The Explananda
Consciousness, Intentionality, Representation The Orthodoxy
The Computational Theory of Mind The Competition
Eliminativism and Connectionism Other Views, Same Issues Against Mechanistic Theories of Mind
Some Alternatives Epilogue