Hermeneutics and Discourse Analysis in Social Psychology


Salomon Rettig
Hunter College of the City University of New York, NY

Timothy Hayes
University of Southern California Los Angeles, California

Series: Psychology Research Progress
BISAC: PSY039000

Today it is accepted that philosophical hermeneutics has become an important research paradigm within the social sciences, including social psychology. This interpretive turn seems preferable for the studies of moral belief systems, worldviews, and legal systems as compared to the positive behavioral approach. It soon became clear that one of the consequences of the H-D paradigm is the discursive approach, especially as it relates to the attainment of a rational consensus among a group of peers. The desire for a rational consensus is based on the understanding that only discursively achieved agreements can prevent the use of force. This new book examines hermeneutics and the use of discourse in general in social interactions. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Part I. Theoretical Considerations

Chapter 1. Introduction and Overview, The Theory

Chapter 2. Hermeneutics and Discourse

Chapter 3. Issues of Evidence, The History

Chapter 4. The Background of Discourse Analysis: A New Paradigm?

Part I. Discourses – Expressive discourses

Chapter 5. A Discourse on the Social and Psychological Impact of the September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attacks

Chapter 6. Discourse on Death Normative Deliberations:

Chapter 7. Genetic Enhancement of Human Embryos

Chapter 8. Further Reflections on the Bioethics of Human Genetic Engineering

Part III. Epilogue- The Future

Chapter 9. Quantum Discourse with Hyperscanning and its Potential Implications

Chapter 10. Conclusions


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