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The problem of choosing between irreconcilable theoretical orientations: comment on Melchert (2016)

Joseph, Stephen

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Abstract

Melchert (2016) argues that knowledge of psychological processes is now grounded in experimental tests of falsifiable theories that support a unified, paradigmatic understanding of human psychology. While his argument for leaving behind our preparadigmatic past of competing theoretical orientations is welcome, Melchert (2016) presents a perspective in which the degree to which this is currently possible is overstated. In this comment it is argued that scientific research does not replace paradigmatic assumptions but takes place within them. As such, it is not possible to take the theoretical orientations out of the practice of psychology, which is inevitably an expression of our philosophical assumptions of first principles.

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Joseph, S. (in press). The problem of choosing between irreconcilable theoretical orientations: comment on Melchert (2016). American Psychologist, ISSN 0003-066X

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 7, 2016
Deposit Date Dec 20, 2016
Journal American Psychologist
Print ISSN 0003-066X
Electronic ISSN 1935-990X
Publisher American Psychological Association
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords Psychological processes, Preparadigmatic, Theoretical orientations, First principles
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/39418
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record.
©2016 American Psychological Association.

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