About Psychology: Essays at the Crossroads of History, by Darryl B. Hill, Michael J. Kral

By Darryl B. Hill, Michael J. Kral

A serious and ancient evaluate of psychology on the crossroads.

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That is, a theory is not just examinable with respect to its truth, but it can also be assessed for moral rectitude. Nazi theories about race, for instance, were not just false, they were morally vicious. Finally, psychological practice and theory have moral involvements just because their subject matter is moral in nature. I will argue that morality is in fact just what makes us human and distinguishes us from other animals. Thus no human endeavor can be free of moral liability. PSYCHOLOGICAL PRACTICE Recently, a colleague, whose opinion I had grown to trust, surprised me with the claim that psychologists, particularly those who work in the history of the discipline, seemed to him inappropriately preoccupied with moral judgement and seemed determined to use professional journals and conferences as launchpads for revolution.

Nazi theories about race, for instance, were not just false, they were morally vicious. Finally, psychological practice and theory have moral involvements just because their subject matter is moral in nature. I will argue that morality is in fact just what makes us human and distinguishes us from other animals. Thus no human endeavor can be free of moral liability. PSYCHOLOGICAL PRACTICE Recently, a colleague, whose opinion I had grown to trust, surprised me with the claim that psychologists, particularly those who work in the history of the discipline, seemed to him inappropriately preoccupied with moral judgement and seemed determined to use professional journals and conferences as launchpads for revolution.

The justification for public funding for paths is an argument that invokes the utilitarian calculus of the greatest good for the greatest numbers. At some point the extent of good received by bicycle riders is judged to outweigh the cost to non-bicycle riders. Of course, this point will never be precisely calculable. Thus the politicking of advocacy groups is indispensable to the actualization of such goods. This type of good stands in contrast to the truly common good, which is not decomposable.

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