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.

The Behavior Therapists' Dilemma: Reflections on Autonomy, Informed Consent, and Scientific Psychology*

The Behavior Therapists' Dilemma: Reflections on Autonomy, Informed Consent, and Scientific Psychology*

The behavior therapists' dilemma: Reflections on autonomy, informed consent, and scientific psychology

A new doctrine concerning informed consent to therapeutic interventions has been articulated in case law during the past two decades. The legal judgments and their interpretations incorporated in recent codes of professional conduct make it clear that understanding the new doctrine of informed consent requires a satisfactory conception of autonomous (or self-determined) choice or action. Efforts to articulate such an account encounter unresolved and problematic tensions between current conceptions of science-based therapeutic practices and current conceptions of the ethical and legal principles that constrain these practices. In what follows, consideration of the radical

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