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This essential book provides a comprehensive explanation of the key topics and debates arising in the philosophy of psychology. In editors William O'Donohue and Richard Kitchener's thoughtful examination, philosophy and psychology converge on several themes of great importance such as the foundations of knowledge, the nature of science, rationality, behaviorism, cognitive science, folk psychology, neuropsychology, psychoanalysis, professionalism, and research ethics. The Philosophy of Psychology also provides an in-depth discussion of ethics in counseling and psychiatry while exploring the diverse topics listed above. The internationally renowned group of contributors to this volume both stimulating and informative. The Philosophy of Psychology will be invaluable for students and academics in theories and systems in psychology, cognitive psychology, cognitive science, philosophy of the social sciences, philosophy of the mind, ...

Chapter 4: Psychology of Science

Clinical Psychology and Philosophy
Clinical psychology and philosophy

In recent years applied psychology has drawn an increased amount of philosophers’ attention. Some of this attention might be due to the increased complexities that arise in applied pursuits. For example, epistemological issues can become more of a concern in applied psychology because: (1) typically there are severe limits to the psychologist's ability to view applied phenomena under controlled conditions; and (2) the applied psychologist typically deals with phenomena that are more idiographic. As another example, it is also fair to say that ethical questions are more likely to arise in applied areas than in basic, nonapplied psychology. However, beyond these considerations, metascientific discourse probably takes place concerning applied psychology because of the slow progress of what Meehl ...

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