Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics

Method Matters in Psychology

Essays in Applied Philosophy of Science

Authors: Haig, Brian D.

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  • Provides a discussion of modern philosophical naturalism and defends a correspondence theory of truth as directly relevant to psychological inquiry
  • Discusses the conceptual foundations of both quantitative and qualitative research methods and their inferential nature
  • Presents an original broad abductive theory of scientific method and uses it to reconstruct grounded theory method
  • Applies the abductive perspective on method to clinical reasoning and case formulation, and also uses it to evaluate the claims of evolutionary psychology
  • Evaluates the worth of the much-used methods of exploratory factor analysis and tests of statistical significance
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This book applies a range of ideas about scientific discovery found in contemporary philosophy of science to psychology and related behavioral sciences. In doing so, it aims to advance our understanding of a host of important methodological ideas as they apply to those sciences. A philosophy of local scientific realism is adopted in favor of traditional accounts that are thought to apply to all sciences. As part of this philosophy, the implications of a commitment to philosophical naturalism are spelt out, and a correspondence theory of truth is defended by showing how it helps explain various features of scientific practice. The central chapter of the book presents a broad theory of scientific method that comprises the detection of empirical phenomena and their subsequent understanding by constructing explanatory theories through the use of abductive methods. This theory of scientific method is then used as a framework to reconstruct the well-known qualitative method of grounded theory, and to present a systematic perspective on clinical reasoning and case formulation. Relatedly, an abductive or explanationist understanding of methods is employed to evaluate the knowledge credentials of evolutionary psychology. In addition, the conceptual and methodological foundations of a variety of quantitative methods are examined. Exploratory factor analysis and tests of statistical significance are given special attention.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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eBook $89.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Method Matters in Psychology
Book Subtitle
Essays in Applied Philosophy of Science
Authors
Series Title
Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics
Series Volume
45
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-01051-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-01051-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-01050-8
Series ISSN
2192-6255
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 210
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations
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