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In a fascinating analysis of the great psychological and sociological thinkers—including Freud, Maslow, McClelland, Durkheim, Skinner, Lewin and Mead—this erudite text challenges the models, myths and metaphors of modern psychology. Psychologists have promoted the view that human beings are the victims of internal and external forces, and have laboured to absorb free and responsible individuals into a pseudo-scientific framework that denies moral agency and thus renders them incapable of recognising notions of right and wrong.
This book will appeal to anyone who has read enough psychology to have been perplexed and frustrated by its famous emperors. It demonstrates that if we take these naked emperors seriously and deny human freedom and personal responsibility, we shall have contributed to the undermining of our civilisation.
With skill and verve, the book carries readers through an array of ideas to a ‘purposive psychology’ that enables individuals to gain insight into, and mastery of, themselves.
Robert Spillane, BCom, PhD, is a Professor and former Dean of the Macquarie Graduate School of Management at Macquarie University, Australia where he teaches philosophy and psychology and their application to management. He has professional qualifications in industrial and clinical psychology and practised as a psychotherapist for more than 25 years. He has been a visiting scholar at the London Business School, the ABIN Institute in Frankfurt, Germany, and the Centre for Working Life in Stockholm, Sweden. He has published twenty books on philosophy, psychology and management, more than 100 journal articles, and a play Entertaining Executives, which was performed at the Mermaid Theatre, London, in 2006. He is also a recipient of the International Thomas S. Szasz Award from the Center for Independent Thought in New York for his professional contributions to the cause of human liberty. The late John Martin was a Senior Lecturer in the School of Behavioural Sciences at Macquarie University, Australia, where, after a career in the navy, he taught social psychology.
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