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About philosophical and theoretical psychology

The Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology (STPP) encourages and facilitates informed exploration and discussion of psychological theories and issues in both their scientific and philosophical dimensions and interrelationships. Within the American Psychological Association, the Society is known as Division 24.

The Society engages the philosophical and metatheoretical dimensions of psychology.  The Society and its journal,The Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, are committed to representing and fostering diverse perspectives regarding ontological, epistemological, ethical, and critical issues within disciplinary psychology. Included in the Society's diverse forms of inquiry are conceptual, speculative, theoretical, empirical, clinical, historical, literary, and cultural research.  

The Society became a division of APA in 1963.  In recent years it has featured in its Convention Program and Journal such topics as the nature of the self and personhood, mind/brain and consciousness studies, moral psychology, philosophy of psychological science, and interpretive practices in psychology (including phenomenology, hermeneutics, cultural psychology, feminist theory, narrative psychology, and discourse analysis).  Our members work in a variety of academic and professional settings around the globe and have published many significant books and articles, including articles in the Society's Journal, which is now in its 27th year and publishes work by nonmembers as well as members.  We invite you to join us in contributing to this stimulating and meaningful scholarship.

Our members come from many of psychology's sub disciplines, and we welcome new members with diverse interests. Division 24's eclecticism is also evident in the varied scholarly background of those who have served as its President.

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Resources for the field of theoretical and philosophical psychology

For anyone looking to focus on theoretical and philosophical psychology, this page provides resources related to graduate programs, related organizations and Listservs, and information about funding opportunities available from the American Psychological Foundation.

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Relativism and its discontents (PDF, 32KB)

This paper discusses relational frame theory (RFT) and situates it within the history of psychology and self psychology as well as other wisdom traditions.


“Blenderism” versus “componentionalism” about emotion structure (PDF, 41KB)

This article by Larry A. Herzberg examines whether common linguistic platitudes reflect psychological facts about emotion structure.1 “Componentialists”, as I call them, hold that they do. “Blenderists”, on the contrary, insist that such ascriptions misleadingly suggest an overly simplistic view of emotional intentionality.

Date created: March 2021