Sunday, December 15, 2013

A Call for Papers: Steps Toward a Conceptually Adequate Human Science


A Call for Papers for the 36TH Annual Meeting of The Society for Descriptive Psychology
 Golden, Colorado
October 23-26, 2014

Steps Toward a Conceptually Adequate Human Science


The Society for Descriptive Psychology invites papers and presentations that address some subset of the following issues:

    1. The pragmatic and conceptual foundations of the humanities and the behavioral     sciences.
2. Development, refinement, and mapping of the tools and concepts of Descriptive Psychology, Social Constructionism, and kindred disciplines.
3. The implicit structure of the concept of Persons.
4. The relevance of community to the understanding of science.
5. Development of a more adequate and person-centered model of  scientific behavior.
6. Advancement of the behavioral logic of social justice and progress.
7. Clarification and advancement of assessment, evaluation, and therapeutic practice.


Descriptive Psychology is the intellectual discipline devoted to connecting and making explicit the implicit structure of the behavioral sciences. The Society welcomes submissions from diverse areas of scholarship and practice.

Peter Ossorio, the founder of Descriptive Psychology, offered these four slogans as an orientation:
1. The world makes sense, and so do people. They make sense now.
2. It's one world. Everything fits together.  Everything is related to everything else.
3. Things are what they are and not something else instead.
4. Don't count on the world being simpler than it has to be.
    (Ossorio, The Behavior of Persons, 2006/2013)

Limited funds are available to help defray the expenses of some students and early career academics and professionals who received their degrees within the last three years.  Please indicate if you want to be considered for funding.

Information on The Society and past conferences and presentations can be found on the Society’s website: www.SDP.org

To Submit: 
By May 1, 2014, please prepare a proposal (500-700 words in length) for review in Microsoft Word format. Send the file as an attachment in an email with a body containing the title and the author’s name, contact information, institutional affiliation and status (graduate student, faculty member, independent researcher, etc.) If accepted, final papers need to be suitable for either a 25 or 45 minute presentation.


Inquires and submissions should be sent to: wynn_schwartz@hms.harvard.edu

As President Elect of The Society for Descriptive Psychology, I am responsible for putting together the 2014 Program.


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