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Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology

Conceptual and Historical Issues in Psychology

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March 2017 | 384 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This book covers key movements that helped to shape psychology – from the early philosophical debate between rationalism and empiricism or realists and antirealists through to the emergence of psychology as a science and the ongoing debates about ‘objectivity’ and ‘truth’ and what a science of psychology should be. 

Often nuanced and complex, the author examines major conceptual issues in the history of psychology that continue to be debated and influence public policy and lay understanding. The latter stages of the book explore notions of individuality, hereditarianism, critical psychology, and feminist perspectives. While deeply rooted in human history, it is made clear that psychology, how it is conceived and practiced, has a bearing on our understanding of what it is to be human.

Accessible, objective and above all comprehensive, this book will help students locate psychology in the wider field of science and understand the forces that continue to shape and define it.

Chapter 1 - Psychological Inquiry as an Evolving Human Practice
Chapter 2 - Historical Conceptual Issues
Chapter 3 - Science and Psychology
Chapter 4 - Physiology and Phenomenology
Chapter 5 - Nature and Nurture
Chapter 6 - The Mind-Body Problem
Chapter 7 - Philosophy of Science
Chapter 8 - Mainstream and its Critics
Chapter 9 - Critical Psychology and Feminist Psychology
Chapter 10 - Psychological Methods and Practice
Chapter 11 - The Cognitive Revolution
Chapter 12 - Free Will Versus determinism

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Chapter 2: Historical Conceptual Issues

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