A B O U T P S Y C H O L O G Y Essays at the Crossroads of History, Theory, and Philosophy DARRYL B. HILL MICHAEL J. KRAL Editors S U N Y P TATE NIVERSITY OF EW ORK RESS Merleau-Ponty, and Levinas.
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Contents Acknowledgments vii Chapter One 1 Convergence and Conjunction at the Crossroads Darryl B. Hill and Michael J. Kral Chapter Two 19 Where History, Theory, and Philosophy Meet: The Biography of Psychological Objects Kurt Danziger Chapter Three 35 The Moral Dimension of Psychological Practice, Theory, and Subject Matter Charles W. Tolman Chapter Four 55 Psychotherapists As Crypto-Missionaries: An Exemplar on the Crossroads of History, Theory, and Philosophy Brent D. Slife, Amy Fisher Smith, and Colin M. Burchﬁeld Chapter Five 73 A Theory of Personhood for Psychology Jack Martin and Jeff Sugarman Chapter Six 89 Self-Esteem and the Demoralized Self: A Geneaology of Self Research and Measurement Scott Greer Chapter Seven 109 Cultural Turns in Psychology Karen M. Seeley v.
vi About Psychology Chapter Eight 127 Feminists Rethink Gender Meredith M. Kimball Chapter Nine 147 Retrieving the Past for the Future: Boundary Maintenance in Historical and Theoretical Psychology Henderikus J. Stam Contributors 165 Index 169.
About Psychology vii Acknowledgments It is because their definitions are less than clear and increasingly overlapping that bringing history, philosophy, and psychology to a common ground becomes timely and important. Their differences become even less apparent when in critical dialogue. The inspiration for this book came from our experience as past editors of the History and Philosophy of Psychology Bulletin, the journal/newsletter of the Section on History and Philosophy of Psy- chology of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA). We produced a special issue of the Bulletin in 1996 on the convergence of history and philosophy in psychology, in part to explore the rationale behind the name of that publication. We have now invited a larger group of authors to join these reflections on convergence. We are grateful to our colleagues in the History and Philosophy Section of the CPA for creating and continuing the forum for the exchange of ideas about psychology at annual meetings and in the Bulletin. The discipline of psychology has been undergoing a self- examination, looking at its relationship to other disciplines and to the cur- rents of theory flowing through the social and human sciences, over the past several decades. It is vital to continue to place this thinking in print. We are privileged to locate this volume in State University of New York Press’s Alternatives in Psychology series, and we thank Senior Editor Jane Bunker for guidance.
Chapter One Convergence and Conjunction at the Crossroads Darryl B. Hill and Michael J. Kral THE SOCIAL AND HUMAN SCIENCES are undergoing a conceptual transformation. While some of this change is taking place in the method and focus of research, at this time most of it is located in the realm of ideas concerning the theory, history, and philosophy of the human condition.