Debates in Psychology

Debates in Psychology

Debates in Psychology

Debates in Psychology

Synopsis

Debates in Psychology tackles some of the major issues and controversies within the field of psychology. The book includes a discussion of the major debates in psychology prescribed by the AQA Specification A-Level syllabus, such as free will and determinism, whether or not psychology can (or indeed should) be a science, reductionism, and the nature-nurture debate. Additionally, the 'mind-body question' is examined as an example of reductionism in psychology. A chapter on behaviourism is also included in order to draw together the debates covered throughout the book.
Each topic covered in Debates in Psychology is presented in a highly readable and accessible manner. The book will be invaluable for students wishing to gain a greater understanding of this exciting area.

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Psychology and philosophy

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Knowledge and truth in psychology

How the debates relate to each other

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Psychology and philosophy

The ‘debates’ covered in this text concern philosophical issues related to psychology. The word philosophy comes from Greek and literally means ‘love of wisdom/truth’. Thus, this text is mainly concerned with presenting a series of debates which examine just how ‘true’ various beliefs are concerning psychology. For example, Chapter Four includes arguments for and against the idea or belief that mind and body are separate, but somehow causally connected, ‘things’. But just how reasonable is it to hold such a belief? Any individual may hold many beliefs, but clearly not all beliefs are necessarily true.

When a debate is held in Parliament, individual politicians provide arguments for and against certain stances (or positions) concerning a particular issue. The strength of an argument should ideally be related to just how convincing a particular argument is. In other words, it should be related to how ‘true’ the line of argument being proposed is considered to be. This is inevitably related to an appraisal of the . . .

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