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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.


The earlier students of nature did not speak well in supposing that there is nothing white or black without sight, nor flavour without taste. For in one way they spoke correctly and in another not: for ‘sense’ and ‘sensible object’ are ambiguous terms, i.e. may denote potentialities or actualities. The statement is true of the latter, false of the former. (Aristotle quoted in Everson, 1997, p. 111)

The psychology of perception has always followed the hybrid format, analyzing the character and content of what we can see, hear, touch, taste, smell and know of our orientation in the world of space and time as expressed in our various everyday and technical vocabularies, and studying the means by which we are able to do so.

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