Convergent plurality or basic incommensurability? Toward the formalizing of Goertzen’s solution to the ‘crisis’ in psychology

Burman, J. T., 2009, In : History and Philosophy of Psychology . 20, 1, p. 23-28

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Goertzen’s summaries of the literature on the “crisis of fragmentation” in Psychology have the potential to turn a century-long debate into a genuine puzzle for scientific investigation. However, even his most recent discussions have failed to provide any concrete tools to enable this. Instead, he offers a metaphor – “concinnity” (which he borrows from Giorgi but never adequately defines) – and celebrates liberal values as a way to finally resolve the problem. This is unconvincing; more rhetoric. But at least he points the way. And if it’s a way worth following, the discussion will need to be formalized. This process is begun here: first by defining the fundamental barrier (incommensurability), then by unpacking the metaphor (harmony as plurality), and finally by connecting the rhetoric to some models that could be used to produce testable hypotheses.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-28
JournalHistory and Philosophy of Psychology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

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