A critical and historical overview of psychology.
Demonstrating how psychologists use theory, philosophy, and history to illuminate the subjects they study, this book explores both the obstacles and benefits of integrating these perspectives into contemporary Western psychology. It offers a timely survey of current ideas at the crossroads of these disciplines and represents new ideas about how psychology can respond to changes on what it means to be human and on how to further this knowledge. The convergence of history, theory, and philosophy is examined from three perspectives: the reconsideration of the importance of context in psychology; the argument that psychology is embedded in morality, values, and politics; and the consideration of the practice of such convergence, looking at how history, theory, and philosophy function in psychology. This book presents contemporary thinking by noted scholars who have made significant contributions to a re-visioning of psychology.
Darryl B. Hill is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Concordia University. Michael J. Kral is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Windsor. He is the coeditor (with Antoon A. Leenaars, Susanne Wenckstern, and Ronald J. Dyck) of Suicide in Canada.