Further problematizing the potential for a more unified experimental, scientific psychology: A comment on Mandler
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
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Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology 31 (4):247-249 (2011)
In response to Mandler , I argue in this comment that a more unified psychology generally, and a more unified experimental, scientific psychology specifically, are more difficult to obtain than he suggests. Furthermore, I contend that Mandler does not sufficiently maintain a clear distinction between disciplinary psychology generally, and experimental, scientific psychology, specifically in his discussions of broaching greater unity. This distinction is particularly important, as how it is treated has serious implications for the many specializations and schools of thought within disciplinary psychology that do not fall under the umbrella of experimental, scientific psychology—and, at minimum, these other areas of psychology constitute a large minority of disciplinary psychology. As a specific example, I argue that Mandler's treatment of psychodynamic/psychoanalytic perspectives belies an experimental, scientific psychology bias, which does not do justice to these important perspectives on their own terms. I also highlight some important theoretical divisions that Mandler overlooks. 2012 APA, all rights reserved)
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