Philosophy of Social Science

Topic Reference File
Defining Psychology

Slife, B. D. (2005). Testing the limits of Henriques' proposal: Wittgensteinian lessons and hermeneutic dialogue. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 61, 1 - 14.

Levinasian Epistemology

Clegg, J.W. & Slife, B.D. (2005). Epistemology and the hither side: a Levinasian account of relational knowing. European Journal of Psychotherapy, Counseling, and Health, 7(1), 65-76.

Methodological pluralism

Slife, B. D., & Gantt, E. (1999). Methodological pluralism: A framework for psychotherapy research. Journal of Clinical Psychology. 55 (12), 1 - 13.

Raising Consciousness of Researchers

Slife, B. D. (1998). Raising the consciousness of researchers: Hidden assumptions in the behavioral sciences. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 15 (3), 208 - 221.

Theistic scientific method

Slife, B.D. & Richard, S. (April, 2005). Toward a theistic approach to psychological method. Paper presented at the meeting of the Psychology of Religion, Columbus, Maryland.

Psychology's Prejudice Against Theism

Slife, B.D., & Reber, J.S.  (2009).  Is there a pervasive bias against theism in psychology?  Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology. Fall, 2009, Vol. 29, No. 2.

Psychology's Prejudice Against Theism's Prejudice

Slife, B. D., & Reber, J. S.  (in press).  The prejudice against prejudice:  A reply to the comments.  Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, Fall 2009, Vol. 29, No. 2.


How to Interpret the Biologization of Psychology

Slife, B. D., Burchfield, C., & Hedges, D.  (2010).  Interpreting the “biologization” of psychology.  Journal of Mind and Behavior, 31 (3),

Critical Thinking and Hermeneutics

Richardson, F. C., & Slife, B. D.  (in press).  Critical thinking in social and psychological inquiry.  Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology.

Method and God - a reply

Slife, B.D., & Melling, B.S.  (2006).  Psychological method and the activity of god:  Clarifications and distinctions.  Journal of Psychology and Theology, 34(3), 280 – 284.

Jamesian Pluralism in Psychology

Wendt, D., & Slife, B. D. (2009).  Recent calls for Jamesian pluralism in the natural and social sciences:  Will psychology heed the call?  Journal of Mind and Behavior, 30 (3), 185-204.

Legacy of James in Psychology

Slife, B. D. (2009).  The modern legacy of James’ A Pluralistic UniverseJournal of Mind and Behavior, 30 (3), 103-106.

Method decisions: Quantitative and Qualitative Models

Slife, B. D., & Melling, B. (in press).  Method decisions:  Quantitative and qualitative inquiry in the study of religious phenomena.  Pastoral Psychology.

Epistemology of Psychology of Religion

Nelson, J., & Slife, B.D.  (2010).  Theoretical and epistemological issues in the psychology of religion.  Oxford handbook for the psychology of religion.  Oxford, UK:  Oxford University Press.

Problems in Conceptualizing Religious Practices

Slife, B. D., & Reber, J.S. (in press).  Conceptualizing religious practices in psychological research:  Problems and prospects.  Pastoral Psychology.

Postmodern Ethics

Clegg, J., & Slife, B.D.  (2008).  Research ethics in the postmodern context.  In D. Mertens & P. Ginsberg (Eds.), Handbook of social research ethics.  Pp. 23 – 38.  Thousand Oaks, CA:  Sage Publications.

Ideology of Empiricism

Slife, B.D. & Melling, B.  (2009).  The ideology of empiricism.  Edification:  Journal of the Society for Christian Psychology, 2 (1), 44-48.


Hermeneutic Realism

Slife, B. D., & Christensen, T. (2013).  Hermeneutic realism:  Toward a truly meaningful psychology.  Review of General Psychology, 17, 2, 230-236.

Questioning Naturalism

Slife, B. D., Starks, S., & Primosch, M.  (2014).  Questioning the research presumption of naturalism:  A case study.  Pastoral Psychology, 63 (3), 339 - 353.

Operational Definitions in Research

Slife, B.D., Yanchar, S., & Wright, C.  (2016).  Using operational definitions in research:  A best practices approach.  Journal of Mind and Behavior, 37, 119-140.

A Prominent Worldview

Slife, B.D., Martin, G., & Sasser, S. (2017).  A prominent worldview of professional psychology:  Its assumptions and its practices.  In B. Slife, K. O’Grady, and R. Kosits, (Eds.), pp. 25-43.  Hidden worldviews in psychology.  New York:  Routledge Publications.

Experience of Love of Limitations of Psychological Explanation

Slife, B. (2017).  The experience of love and the limits of psychological explanation.  Brigham Young University Studies.  56 (3), 79-92.

The New Wave of Thinking

Slife, B., Ghelfi, E.  (in press).  The new wave of thinking in psychology. Contemporary challenges of theoretical psychology: Re-envisioning theoretical psychology and its relations to psychology.  New York:  Palgrave Publications.

Hermeneutic Moral Realism

Slife, B.D., Ghelfi, E.A., & Slife, N. (in press). Psychotherapy and the moral realism of Charles Taylor. In B.D. Slife & S. Yanchar (Eds.), Hermeneutic moral realism in psychology:  Theory and practice.  New York:  Routledge Publications.


Slife, B. D., & Slife, N. M. (2014). Empiricism. In T. Teo (Ed.), Encyclopedia of critical psychology (pp. 571-578). New York: Springer.