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Rom Harré and Fathali M. Moghaddam have designed a textbook and brought together additional voices that speak to the similarities and differences of two seemingly separate domains in psychology. This bridge-building seeks to encourage a new generation of undergraduate students studying psychology to more fully appreciate the real potential for the study of human behavior, and as such it will represent a more provocative alternative to standard general psychology textbooks. It also be used in a host of courses, namely on the conceptual and philosophical nature of psychology, social psychology, critical psychology and cognitive science.


We had the experience but missed the meaning. (Attributed to T. S. Eliot)

Academic psychology in the 20th century was inhibited in its program for the development of a truly scientific psychology by methodological shortcomings such as the reliance on simplistic experiments, and by mistaken theoretical presuppositions, such as the presumption of the Humean version of cause-effect framing for explanations of psychological phenomena. The pervasive physicalism meant that the phenomena themselves tended to be shorn of the intentionality or meaningfulness that gave them their psychological character. We have drawn attention to these points in earlier chapters, but there are deeper presuppositions that are particularly important in the search for a psychology of the emotions. These are highlighted in an important essay by Catherine Lutz (2007, ...

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