217 BOOK REVIEW A Primer in Phenomenological Psychology by Ernest Keen. Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc., New York, 1975, 172 pp. $4.00. A Primer of A Paradigm Keen's latest book makes its appearance at a most propi- tious time in the history of American psychology. In a recent article in the American psychologist (1975, 30, 1003-1009), Gadlin and Ingle raise critical questions about the present state of psychological research. After pointing out that many psy- cho ogists have begun to wonder about t e external validity of laboratory experimentation, they conclude that the experimen- tal method itself cannot resolve the crisis. "The experimental method necessarily presupposes its own appropriateness and cannot adequately handle questions of its own efficacy" (p. 1004). Since the present dominant paradigm in psychology is a behavioristic version of the experimental method, they support an intensive exploration of alternative methodologies. To cor- rect the present situation, they call for a reversal of the present order of psychological research. In passing it can be said that this has been the project of the Duquesne University Psycholo- gy Department for the past fifteen years. Rather than force the phenomena to fit the methods, Gadlin and Ingle insist
Journal of Phenomenological Psychology – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1976
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