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Scientist as Subject
The Psychiological Imperative

By Michael J. Mahoney

Scientist as Subject
Paperback, 280 pages £35.00
Published: 2004
ISBN: 9780975273807
Format: 229mm x 161mm
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Subjects: Eliot Werner Publications, Psychology

In this book, originally published by Ballinger in 1976, Michael Mahoney documents the idiosyncracies and foibles of the scientific process as a field of endeavor. A new introduction updates his discussion in light of subsequent developments, including such aspects of academia as politics and tenure, publication and power relations, science studies and constructivist inquiry, and what have come to be called the 'science wars.'

Introduction to the Percheron Press Edition

Chapter 1. Illusions and Idols

Chapter 2. The Science Game: An Overview

Chapter 3. Rites of Passage: Selected Absurdities in Graduate Training

Chapter 4. Rules of the Game: Politics and Prizes

Chapter 5. Publication: The Endless Quest

Chapter 6. Passions of the Scientist

Chapter 7. The Rationality of Science

Chapter 8. Reason and Research: The Truth Conspiracy

Chapter 9. Postscript




'Michael Mahoney has practiced science from within the major paradigms and has also stood outside and critiqued each in turn, not as caricatures but as valiant (if fallible) attempts to make sense of our experience.' (N. McK. Agnew, York University)

'A radical, thought-provoking exploration of the experience of being a scientist. After twenty-five years, it maintains its lively topicality and suggests new questions relevant to scientific methodologies.' (Giampiero Arciero, University of Siena)

'This important book challenges many myths of science and its practitioners. Mahoney's absorbing new introduction offers a clear picture of our social responsibility in the manufacture and use of knowledge. Erudite and informative, yet also witty and entertaining. (Sophie Freud, Simmons College)

'One of the great psychologies of science. Mahoney deconstructs the many myths that are cracking the very foundations of scientific knowledge.' (Andre Marquis, Northeastern State University)

Michael J. Mahoney, Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center, San Francisco, California, and University of North Texas, Denton, Texas

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 280 pages
 229mm x 161mm

BIC Code:
  PSY000000, SCI000000
 Eliot Werner Publications


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