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, and related courses.
Emotions are of interest to everyone. Indeed, they play a central role in our lives. Talking to lay people about emotions is instructive: Ordinary people are highly curious and knowledgeable about emotional phenomena. Common sense, poems, novels, movies, historical accounts, psychological studies, and philosophical discussions supply us with a host of information about emotions. Despite their apparent simplicity and the great deal of available information, emotions are an extremely crucial and complex topic. The problem in understanding emotions is the formulation of a comprehensive framework to adequately explain the various emotional phenomena. Owing to the enormous complexity and diversity of emotions, the presentation of such a framework is difficult and rare.
One aim of this chapter is to offer an outline for such ...