A Realist Psychology Revealed

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Contemporary Psychology


Reviews the book, Relations and Representations: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Social Psychological Science by John D. Greenwood (see record 1991-98495-000). The majority of the book is an exercise in equilibration. This volume does represent one of the clearest introductions to realism--at least of a particular kind--available to the psychological community. In introducing various postempiricist arguments, the volume will threaten the traditionalist, in its simple reinstantiation of the old forms of research it will disappoint those seeking a new paradigm. Most important, Greenwood's is ultimately a conservative book. Greenwood does a valuable service in inviting dialogue between psychologists and the broader intellectual world. The debates are scarcely ones that psychologists can afford to ignore, the present volume opens a significant avenue of participation.

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