The 3rd edition of Theoretical Issues in Psychology provides an authoritative overview of the conceptual issues in psychology which introduces the underlying philosophies that underpin them. It includes new insights across the philosophy of science combined with increased psychological coverage to show clearly how these two communities interrelate, ensuring an integrative understanding of the fundamental debates and how they link to your wider studies.

Sociology and Psychology of Science

Sociology and psychology of science

PREVIEW In this chapter the discussion begun in Chapter 4 will be continued. Since the quest for universal criteria for objectivity has failed, the upshot of the previous chapter was that, though forms of subjectivity play a role in the way science is done, scientists are not at the mercy of all-out relativity. Practice and successful coping play an important role in the cognitive relationship between the scientist and the world. In this chapter we will widen the scope by first paying attention to the social background of scientific knowledge and practice. This has been the subject-matter of the sociology of science. Secondly, we will review some research on the psychology of science, a relatively ...

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