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Selected Philosophical and Methodological Papers

1991
Author:

Paul E. Meehl
C. Anthony Anderson and Keith Gunderson, editors

Selected Philosophical and Methodological Papers

A collection of papers that demonstrates the unusual scope and imagination of Meehl’s contributions to the field of philosophy, inlcuding incisive writings on the mind-body problem, freedom and determinism, psychoanalytic explanation, theory appraisal, moral aspects of insanity and the law, and precognitive telepathy.

A collection of papers that demonstrates the unusual scope and imagination of Meehl’s contributions to the field of philosophy, inlcuding incisive writings on the mind-body problem, freedom and determinism, psychoanalytic explanation, theory appraisal, moral aspects of insanity and the law, and precognitive telepathy.

Selected Philosophical and Methodological Papers

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“This collection of essays is a veritable gold mine. ... Rereading them brought back vividly the range and profundity of Meehl’s work as well as the sheer delight of his writing style. This collection ... should be required reading for anyone seriously interested in such areas as philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology, artificial intelligence, methodology of the social sciences, as well as ... foundations of statistics, psychoanalysis, free will, moral responsibility, determinism, punishment, rehabilitation, and ESP.”
-Wesley Salmon

During his distinguished career as a psychologist, which has spanned four decades, Paul Meehl has steadily contributed to the philosophical literature with his probing and witty analyses. The unusual scope and imagination of his work are revealed in this collection as Meehl explores the mind-body problem, freedom and determinism, psychoanalytic explanation, theory appraisal, moral aspects of insanity and the law, and precognitive telepathy.

Meehl is cofounder of the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science with Herbert Feigl and Wilfrid Sellars. Included in this collection are several of their collaborative works.

Contents

Foreword C. Anthony Anderson and Keith Gunderson

Preface

Theoretical Risks and Tabular Asterisks: Sir Karl, Sir Ronald, and the Slow Progress of Soft Psychology

Psychological Determinism and Human Rationality: A Psychologist’s Reactions to Professor Karl Popper’s “Of Clouds and Clocks”

The Determinism-Freedom and Mind-Body Problems with Herbert Feigl

Psychological Determinism or Chance: Configural Cerebral Autoselection as a Tertium Quid

A Most Peculiar Paradox

The Concept of Emergence with Wilfrid Sellars

The Complete Autocerebroscopist: A Thought-Experiment on Professor Feigl’s Mind-body Identity Thesis

On a Distinction between Hypothetical Constructs and Intervening Variables with Kenneth MacCorquodale

Psychopathology and Purpose

Some Methodological Reflections on the Difficulties of Psychoanalytic Research

Subjectivity in Psychoanalytic Inference: The Nagging Persistence of Wilhelm Fliess’s Achensee Question

The Virtues of M’Naghten with Joseph M. Livermore

On the Justifications for Civil Commitment with Joseph M. Livermore and Carl P. Malmquist

Psychology and the Criminal Law

Law and the Fireside Inductions: Some Reflections of a Clinical Psychologist

The Insanity Defense

Compatibility of Science and ESP with Michael Scriven

Precognitive Telepathy I: On the Possibility of Distinguishing It Experimentally from Psychokinesis

Precognitive Telepathy II: Some Neurophysiological Conjectures and Metaphysical Speculations

Selected Philosophical and Methodological Papers

Paul E. Meehl is Regents’ Professor Emeritus of psychology and Professor Emeritus of psychiatry and philosophy at the University of Minnesota. A member of the National Academy of Sciences and past president of the American Psychologist Association, he is the author of several books, including Clinical Versus Statistical Prediction and Psychodiagnosis: Selected Papers.

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