The Philosophy of Clinical Psychology

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1993, Vol 38(12), 1297–1298. Reviews the book, The Restoration of Dialogue: Readings in the Philosophy of Clinical Psychology edited by Ronald B. Miller (see record 1992-97753-000). This book deals with theories of psychopathology and personality as well as research methodologies and conceptions of professional identity. It often involves explicit and implicit philosophical pre-suppositions that have not often been addressed in the mainstream literature of the mental health professions. In and of themselves, the recommended readings in Miller's text are excellent but somewhat slanted and uneven in length and emphasis. The volume is extremely broad in its inclusion of philosophical psychologists, clinical and behavioral psychologists, and theoretical philosophers in psychology, however, omissions are apparent. Some chapters are merely brief articles reprinted, often without real contextual relevancy. Yet enough of the sections are truly good in their substance in scope and content. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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