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ERIC Number: EJ775355
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Pages: 9
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0003-066X
The Rhetoric of Psychological Research and the Problem of Unification in Psychology
Katzko, Michael W.
American Psychologist, v57 n4 p262-270 Apr 2002
There has been in the field of psychology a long and well-documented discontent with an apparent disorganization in its literature, most often interpreted as reflecting the absence of a unifying theory. This article examines some alternative ways in which some of the disorganization is being actively created by forms of argumentation used in reporting and discussing psychological research. One institutionalized form of argumentation used in reporting data actually generates the proliferation of theoretical terms in the literature. A second form of argumentation reifies theories into social groups, incorporating values that discourage theoretical integration. Some of the discontent arises from the incompatibility between the values latent in such social organizations and the values that motivate scientific inquiry at a personal level.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
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