Tensions Between the Good Life, the Good Profession, and the Good Society

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1998, Vol 43(10), 667–668. Review of “Creativity and Moral Vision in Psychology: Narratives on Identity and Commitment in a Postmodern Age” (see record 1998-06457-000). Values for the good life, the good profession, and the good society, must derive, in Prilleltensky's opinion, from three distinct sources: (a) moral and political philosophy, (b) grounded and lived experience, and (c) practical philosophy. Moral and political philosophers debate what is the good life, what is the good society, and how to get there. Prilleltensky believes Lisa Hoshmand is to be commended for trying to integrate in one volume these three sources of values. In this book, Hoshmand uses life history methodology to ground discussions about the moral repercussions of psychological thinking and action. Hoshmand interviewed seven psychologists and asked them to address a series of questions concerning creativity and commitment in their professional lives. The personal stories are contextualized by Hoshmand within current social, political, and academic debates. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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