What is the The Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology?
The Short Version:
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 Medium Version:
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.
The Long Version:
Thomas Teo's Editorial in the Spring 2009 issue of The Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology
Brent Slife and Richard Williams' American Psychologist article.