General Psychology Phenomenological Psychology

Phenomenological Psychology as Rigorous Science (Wendt, 2024)

Alexander Nicolai Wendt’s recent book, Phenomenological Psychology as Rigorous Science, attempts to build a much-needed bridge between psychology and philosophy. The presence of such a bridge has always been vital for psychology, as Wilhelm Wundt argued in his 1913 essay “Psychology’s Struggle for Existence,” and I hope others would join Wendt in building it. Wendt is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Sigmund Freud University in Vienna and the Ruprecht-Karls University in Heidelberg. Wendt is…

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Fiction Philosophy Reading Group

Scenes of Clerical Life: Reading George Eliot’s Short Stories – June to August 2024

Following our discussions on Albert Camus’ Exile and the Kingdom, we will turn our attention to George Eliot’s Scenes of Clerical Life. We will have a series of six sessions, two sessions dedicated to each of Eliot’s short stories, from June 22nd to July 27th. Here is the plan: Story 1. “The Sad Fortunes Of The Reverend Amos Barton” – Two meetings: June 22 & 29 Story 2. “Mr. Gilfil’s Love Story” – Three meetings:…

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Artificial Intelligence Writing

What Upsets Some Writers about the Use of AI in Writing?

I recently listened to a panel discussion of authors reflecting on the use of ChatGPT. Although I agree with their broad skepticism towards using AI, there was an underlying attitude in their discussion—a negative attitude toward something else, something other than AI. The critique against using AI, e.g., ChatGPT, in writing often rests on the assumption that its use takes us away from the purity—and the nobility—of the ‘blank page.’ But the page is never…

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Philosophy Psychology in Everyday Life Reading Group

The Evolution of a Collaborative Reading Community

A unique reading group, started by a PhD holder in psychology and YouTuber, breaks the mold of typical book clubs. This post describes the group’s laid-back approach to discussing a wide range of texts, emphasizing open dialogue, philosophical pluralism, connection to everyday life, and personal perspectives. Find out what makes these discussions so engaging, and get a sneak peek at their future plans.

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