The Restoration of Dialogue: Readings in the Philosophy of Clinical Psychology

Pages: 654
Item #: 4317260
ISBN: 978-1-55798-157-8
List Price: $9.95
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Copyright: 1992
Format: Hardcover
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While clinical psychology and philosophy often appear as separate disciplines, this interdisciplinary anthology presents the philosophical foundation of many clinical controversies, thus integrating the two fields.

The book serves as both an introduction to the philosophy of clinical psychology, and as a survey of important topics and philosophical controversies that underlie the various schisms and divisions within clinical psychology. Suitable for researchers, practitioners, and classroom use.

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Table of Contents





  1. Introduction to the Philosophy of Clinical Psychology
    —Ronald B. Miller

I. Philosophical Perspectives on General Psychology

Introduction: Philosophical Problems of Psychology
—Ronald B. Miller

  1. Philosophical Embarrassments of Psychology
    —Herbert Feigl
  2. Logic and Psychology
    —Michael Polanyi
  3. Peaceful Coexistence in Psychology
    —Charles Taylor
  4. Psychotherapy vs. Morality
    —Joseph Margolis

Recommended Reading

II. Philosophical Issues of the Behavioral and Cognitive–Behavioral Approaches

Introduction: Philosophical Problems of the Behavioral and Cognitive–Behavioral Approaches
—Ronald B. Miller

  1. Whatever Happened to Psychology as the Science of Behavior?
    —B. F. Skinner
  2. Scientific Psychology and Radical Behaviorism: Important Distinctions Based in Scientism and Objectivism
    —Michael J. Mahoney
  3. Radical Behaviorism in Reconciliation With Phenomenology
    —Willard F. Day
  4. Behavior Therapy and the Ideology of Modernity
    —Robert L. Woolfolk and Frank C. Richardson
  5. Ethical Relativism and Behavior Therapy
    —Richard F. Kitchener
  6. Slicing the Ethical Gordian Knot: A Response to Kitchener
    —Arthur C. Houts and Leonard Krasner

Recommended Reading

III. Philosophical Issues of the Biological Approach

Introduction: Philosophical Problems of the Biological Approach
—Ronald B. Miller

  1. The Myth of Mental Illness
    —Thomas S. Szasz
  2. From Rationalization to Reason
    —Seymour S. Kety
  3. The Cognitive Revolution and Mind/Brain Issues
    —Karl H. Pribram
  4. DSM-III and the Politics of Truth
    —Thomas E. Schacht
  5. DSM-III and the Politics–Science Dichotomy Syndrome: A Response to Thomas E. Schacht's "DSM-III and the Politics of Truth"
    —Robert L. Spitzer

Recommended Reading

IV. Philosophical Issues of the Phenomenological and Existential Approaches

Introduction: The Philosophy of Humanistic Approaches
—Ronald B. Miller

  1. Persons or Science? A Philosophical Question
    —Carl R. Rogers
  2. Lockean vs. Kantian Theoretical Models and the "Cause" of Therapeutic Change
    —Joseph F. Rychlak
  3. Hermeneutic Inquiry in the Study of Human Conduct
    —Martin J. Packer
  4. Husserl Revisited: The Forgotten Distinction Between Psychology and Phenomenology
    —Jerry L. Jennings
  5. The Problem of Evil: An Open Letter to Carl Rogers
    —Rollo May
  6. Reply to Rollo May's Letter to Carl Rogers
    —Carl R. Rogers
  7. Humanistic Psychology and the Humane but Tough-Minded Psychologist
    —Michael Wertheimer
  8. Psychotherapy and Religious Values
    —Allen E. Bergin

Recommended Reading

V. Philosophical Issues of the Psychoanalytic Approach

Introduction: Philosophical Problems of the Psychoanalytic Approach
—Ronald B. Miller

  1. The Question of Proof in Freud's Psychoanalytic Writings
    —Paul Ricoeur
  2. Freud's Theory: The Perspective of a Philosopher of Science
    —Adolf Grünbaum
  3. The Problematical Self in Kant and Kohut
    —Richard D. Chessick
  4. Humanism and Psychotherapy: A Personal Statement of the Therapist's Essential Values
    —Hans H. Strupp
  5. Some Limits to the Integration of Psychoanalytic and Behavior Therapy
    —Stanley B. Messer and Meir Winokur
  6. On Theory, Practice, and the Nature of Integration
    —Paul L. Wachtel

Recommended Reading

VI. Philosophical Issues of the Family Systems Approach

Introduction: Philosophical Problems of the Systems Approach
—Ronald B. Miller

  1. The Cybernetics of "Self": A Theory of Alcoholism
    —Gregory Bateson
  2. The Confusion About Epistemology and "Epistemology"—and What to Do About It
    —Barbara S. Held and Edward Pols
  3. Against the Grain: Decentering Family Therapy
    —Gerald D. Erickson
  4. Ecosystemic Epistemology: Critical Implications for the Aesthetics and Pragmatics of Family Therapy
    —Bradford P. Keeney and Douglas H. Sprenkle

Recommended Reading

VII. Philosophy of Science and the Research Endeavor in Clinical Psychology

Introduction: Philosophical Problems of Clinical Research
—Ronald B. Miller

  1. Implications for Psychology of the New Philosophy of Science
    —Peter T. Manicas and Paul F. Secord
  2. Theoretical Risks and Tabular Asterisks: Sir Karl, Sir Ronald, and the Slow Progress of Soft Psychology
    —Paul E. Meehl
  3. The Social Constructionist Movement in Modern Psychology
    —Kenneth J. Gergen
  4. Discovery-Oriented Psychotherapy Research: Rationale, Aims, and Methods
    —Alvin R. Mahrer
  5. Toward an Idiothetic Psychology of Personality
    —James T. Lamiell
  6. Investigative Reporting as a Research Method: An Analysis of Bernstein and Woodward's All the President's Men
    —Murray Levine
  7. The Role of Values in the Science of Psychology
    —George S. Howard

Recommended Reading

Postscript: The Role of Philosophy in the Education of Clinical Psychologists
—Ronald B. Miller