History and philosophy

Guest Editor Elizabeth Valentine introduces the special issue of the History and Philosophy of Psychology Section.
HISTORY and philosophy are frequently marginalized and treated as second class citizens in comparison with other subject areas within psychology. Indices of the differential treatment afforded them can be seen by examining criteria of respectability for recognized teaching and research areas, such as their place in the curriculum and the existence of higher degrees, specialist posts, learned societies, opportunities for research funding and publication outlets. Adrian Brock, in his paper, contrasts the situation in the UK — in most cases unfavourably — with the United States on the one hand and Europe on the other.

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