Issues relating to the meaning of psychology as a science

  • Amedeo Giorgi
Part of the International Institute of Philosophy / Institut International de Philosophie book series (COPH, volume 2)


In Philosophy in the Mid-Century Mace and Peters [1] discussed the relationship between philosophy and psychology in terms of three categories: (1) conceptual analysis, (2) methodology, and (3) empirical studies of philosophical interest. Under the category of ‘conceptual analysis’ the authors discussed the concepts and categories that scholars need to clarify the notion of ‘mind.’ In Contemporary Philosophy Otero [2] discussed the philosophical problems of scientific psychology in terms of one fundamental dichotomy: scientific psychology, in the strict sense, and the challenge it was receiving at that time from varied inspirations that he grouped under the heading of ‘total psychology,’ a label he invented to characterize those viewpoints critical of strict scientific psychology because of its narrow approach to the subject matter of psychology.


Subject Matter American Psychologist Contemporary Philosophy Human Reality Philosophical Anthropology 
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  • Amedeo Giorgi
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  1. 1.Duquesne UniversityUSA

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