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  • Rom Harré
  • Integrative psychological & behavioral science
  • 2012
In this paper I argue that the recent tendency to elevate neuropsychology to the status of the one true scientific core of studies of people thinking, feeling, acting and perceiving is not best understood as a simple mereological fallacy, that is the fallacy of ascribing certain properties of wholes to their parts, in particular mental concepts to the(More)
Since Robert Boyle’s corpuscularian philosophy, chemistry has been a mereological science. Displacing the metaphysics of `continuous substances’ and `qualities’ as the expression of “principles”, chemistry has been built on a `part-whole’ metaphysics. The grammar for the use of `part-whole’ concepts is mereology. Taking chemistry to be the science of the(More)
  • Rom Harré
  • The British journal of medical psychology
  • 1984
The assumption that 'mind' is the product of individual development and that cognition and emotion must be sited in individual people has dominated psychology until recently. The new conception of a 'social construction of mind' is grounded in the idea that an interpersonal conversation is the fundamental psychological reality, and that individual minds are(More)
  • Rom Harré
  • Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
  • 2003
Historically, there has been a close relationship between the concepts of structure and of shape. Is the relationship a matter of fact or is it conceptual? Exploring this question with examples enables us to distinguish several senses of structure. Clearly, spatial shape is not conceptually related to constitutive structure, since a molecule may consist(More)
The study of emotions has been one of the most important areas of research in the Social Sciences. Social Psychology has also contributed to the development of this area. In this article we analyse the contribution of social Psychology to the study of emotion, understood as a social construct, and its strong relationship with language. Specifically, we open(More)
Hybrid Psychology: The marriage of discourse analysis with neuroscience Hybrid Psychology: The marriage of discourse analysis with neuroscience. As the 21st Century opened the controversial and unstable discipline ofàcademic psychology' seemed to separating into two radically distinct and perhaps irreconcilable domains. Discursive psychology focused on the(More)
Usually, we think of scientific laboratories as technological environments consisting of mainly inorganic materials such as glass or metal containers, wires, electronic apparatus, technical tools, and diverse chemicals, but in many cases also living or dead organisms are used for which no technological variants exist. Harré’s general aim of studying ‘scenes(More)