The compatibility of two generations of American social psychologists.

  • Man Cheung Chung
  • Published 2000 in Journal of the history of the behavioral sciences

Abstract

This paper examines Greenwood's (2000) evidence for incompatibility between the early and later American social psychologists on the social conception of cognition, emotion, and behavior. The notion of the autonomy of the individual may offer the key to finding a degree of compatibility between them. Both generations, I argue, fundamentally accept the notion of individual persons as autonomous agents who are able to decide and choose to act and, hence, be responsible for their actions. Philosophical analysis can perhaps inform historians of social psychology on how carefully and critically to reexamine evidence for traditional claims of generational, paradigmatic, and/or foundational splits.

Cite this paper

@article{Chung2000TheCO, title={The compatibility of two generations of American social psychologists.}, author={Man Cheung Chung}, journal={Journal of the history of the behavioral sciences}, year={2000}, volume={36 4}, pages={457-61} }