Special Issue: Phenomenological Critique of Cognitive Psychology As regular readers of this journal know, from time to time we publish special issues dealing with a single theme. This is such an issue and the theme is a phenomenological critique of cognitive psychology. As most psychologists know, cognitive psychology has replaced behaviorism as the dominant perspective in academic psychology. It claims to represent a more adequate psychology because mental terms and their analogs are being used again. However, from a phenomenological perspective, what cognitive psychol- ogy has to offer is less than what an authentic psychology should be. In a very basic sense, it is correcting the excesses of behaviorism without radicalizing the understanding of behavior or mind. The articles in this issue purport to show this point in a detailed way. ' Of course, no single journal issue can conclusively demonstrate all of the limits of a paradigm. Some selection is necessary, but it should be apparent that the same critique could be carried over to other topics that cognitive psychology emphasizes. It should also be clear that the authors of the following articles did not pick "minor" topics. Perception, language and thinking are all phenomena that have been heavily researched by cognitive psychologists. The inclusion of Piagetian developmental theory is for the purpose of giving an example of a phenomenological critique outside strictly cognitive phenomena. THE EDITORS
Journal of Phenomenological Psychology – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1987
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