Foundational Analysis: Presuppositions in Experimental Psychology

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Psychology Press, 1997 - Psychology - 197 pages
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In a critical analysis of the asumptions underlying experimental psychology, Pertti Saariluoma urges social scientists to reflect upon their procedures and methodology. He has revisited the philosophy of science to find a new way of applying its methods to psychology. Foundational Analysis shows how it is possible to analyze existing methodological arguments and find loopholes in them, and raises new issues for the rationale behind empirical technique. It will be of interest to researchers and students in cognitive science and other social sciences, and the philosophy of science.
 

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Contents

Foundational analysis
19
Operationalization analysis
36
Concepts and conceptual postulates
57
The consistency of theories
76
Causal and representational explaining
94
Foundational analysis and scientific progress
124
Epilogue
141
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