BOOK REVIEW PSYCHOLOGY'S PYRRHIC VICTORY

Sean Nualláin
2017 The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy   unpublished
Those of us "trained" in psychology in the 20 th century encountered many narratives like this from the abstract to a book chapter (Beenfeldt, 2013, P 59); "Titchener's "introspective" methodology, then, was afflicted with profound congenital defects, rendering it scientifically unviable. For Titchenerian psychology, the highly visible symptom of underlying pathology came in the form of the imageless thought controversy." In short, we were told that introspectionism was seen to work briefly as
more » ... to work briefly as a methodology in psychology until the "imageless thought controversy". At that point, all hell broke loose, leading to philosophical behaviourism, inter alia. Then came the cognitive revolution, mainly the result of the fact that computer scientists were using terms like "memory" and "thinking" verboten in their contemporary psychology. Since then, things have been resolved, or so we were told. Reed makes several attacks on conventional wisdom. One is explicit; Psychology entered the academy, as it were, misspelled as it took flesh. Logic had been purloined by Frege; the part of experience eventually labelled "authentic" by Heidegger had been reserved for a new, phenomenological, branch of philosophy; worse still, Peirce successfully created a new discipline of semiotics.
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