Approaches to Insanity: A Philosophical and Sociological by Jeff Coulter

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Much of what Lidz and his associates describe might well be found to fit quite ordinary families whose members have never seen psychiatric specialists of any kind, and there are several passages above in which mundane occurrences are accorded quite extraordinary significance; even in the most close interpersonal bond, 40 Approaches to Insanity communication of commands and efforts to get the partner to do as"one wishes can be found along with related attempts to suppress defiance in order to avoid a row; 'facts' are regularly being matched to people's needs and relevances--indeed, there are no 'neutral' facts about interpersonal dealings, only facts constituted as such through moral, negotiated interactions.

Carnap has, of course, been widely criticized for confusing statements of fact with sentences in general, and in this verificationist philosophical psychology he provides no means for dealing with first-person active psychological statements where the notion of verification is inapposite. Norman Malcolm, in his 'Behaviourism as a Philosophy of Psychology' in T. W. ) Behaviourism and Phenomenology: Contrasting Bases for Modern Psychology, University of Chicago Press (1964) pp. f flushed face, dull eyes or intracerebral pressures.

He outlines a typical sort of variableanalytic study in which an already given quantitative index, the birth rate of a particular locality, is related to a qualitative, 'processual' phenomenon, a programme of birth control, and the aim of the study is taken to be that of ascertaining the influence of the latter on the former. Normal practice in the cases of processual variables is to treat quantifiable facts about them as 'indicators' of them, so that the birth control programme could be 'measured' in terms of the number of people visiting birth control clinics.

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