What is Science For? What is Psychology For? Descriptive Psychology Encounters Nicholas Maxwell’s Philosophy of Science

Newby-Clark, I / Published 2020 / Presentation

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Presenter Ian Newby-Clark, Ph.D.
Date October 4, 2020
Abstract Descriptive Psychology(DP) offers the means by which a person-centered science of psychology can be pursued in a systematic and rigorous way. Although DP rules out certain scientific endeavors(e.g.,‘box’ social cognition), which particular investigations one conducts, and which particular theories one constructs,cannot be determined fully by DP.Nicholas Maxwell provides important guidance that should prove of use to Descriptive Psychologists. I outline Maxwell’s argument that all sciences should move ‘from knowledge to wisdom.’ Using my work on daydreaming as an example, I highlight some important points of contact between Maxwell’s arguments and those of Ossorio and others.
1. Maxwell, N. (2017). In praise of natural philosophy: A revolution for thought and life. McGill-Queen's Press-MQUP.
2. Ossorio, P.G. (2006/2013). The Behavior of Persons. Ann Arbor, MI: Descriptive Psychology Press.
3. Ossorio, P. G. (1975). What actually happens”: The representation of real world phenomena. The collected works of Peter G. Ossorio, Vol. IV. Ann Arbor, MI: Descriptive Psychology Press.
4. Newby-Clark, I. R., & Thavendran, K. (2018). To daydream is to imagine events: Conceptual, empirical, and theoretical considerations. Theory & Psychology, 28(2), 261-268.
5. Trullinger, J. (2016). Leisure Is Not a Luxury: The Revolutionary Promise of Reverie in Marcuse. Radical Philosophy Review.