Biologism--The Consequence of an Illusion Manfred Velden

ISBN: 9783899717488

Published: December 1st 2009

Hardcover

148 pages


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Biologism--The Consequence of an Illusion  by  Manfred Velden

Biologism--The Consequence of an Illusion by Manfred Velden
December 1st 2009 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 148 pages | ISBN: 9783899717488 | 7.29 Mb

Biologism desribes the idea that the science of biology supplies the means to exhaustively explain psychological processes. It has become vastly popular in recent decades. Manfred Velden shows that this idea is illusory on fundamental grounds.MoreBiologism desribes the idea that the science of biology supplies the means to exhaustively explain psychological processes. It has become vastly popular in recent decades. Manfred Velden shows that this idea is illusory on fundamental grounds.

Several fields of inquiry are described in which the biological project has demonstrably failed, such as, for example, heritability estimates for mental traits like intelligence. It is argued as well that biologism is just a further instance of an older, more comprehensive and equally illusory concept: psychology as a natural science (a science that produces generally accepted basic facts, for example the creation of a psychological risk factor for coronary disease). It is shown that psychology, masquerading as a natural science, as it largely does, may create serious societal problems like such as its misuse for racist purposes.

The peculiar use of methodology in psychology is also documented.



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