Dr. Frankenstein's Dilemma

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Book Review

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Contemporary Psychology


Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1988, Vol 33(12), 1044-1046. Reviews the book, Varieties of Realism: A Rationale for the Natural Sciences by Rom Harré (1986). The present volume represents author's response to his dilemma. The work is fascinating, not only as a biographical milestone but also as the attempt of a major intellectual to grapple with one of the critical debates of the era. It is my view that Harré's critical point of vulnerability lies in his dependence on Gibsonian realism. Without Gibson's assumptions, referential realism would be without ontological significance. And if referential realism falls, so does policy realism and the subsequent attempt to make trustworthy statements about the unseen.

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