ERIC Number: ED326154
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Philosophical Psychology in the Undergraduate Curriculum: An Inexcusable Neglect.
Hymel, Glenn M.
The almost total neglect of philosophical psychology as an area of curricular focus in undergraduate programs for the psychology major is examined. Three perspectives from which philosophical psychology may be addressed are surveyed and include: (1) the philosophy of mind; (2) problems indigenous to both philosophy and psychology; and (3) the classical Aristotelian-Thomistic tradition. The paper discusses philosophical psychology in terms of its nature and scope, its methodology, comparison with experimental psychology, and its importance. It is recommended that coursework of a multidisciplinary nature be introduced, focusing on historical figures and systems to augment scientific psychology. A more immediate intervention might take the form of simply supplementing conventional coverage in general psychology courses and history/systems psychology courses with material appropriate to one or more of the three perspectives that philosophical psychology may assume. Includes 20 references. (DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Philosophical Psychology
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology (New Orleans, LA, March 1989).