Philosphy of Psychology Reading List

Philosophy 151 : Philosophy of Psychology
Professor Robert Nozick
Fall, 1999


1. The Philosophy of Happiness, Well-Being and Flourishing

Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Books I, X.

Robert Nozick, Anarchy, State, and Utopia, pp. 42-45.

Robert Nozick, The Examined Life, pp. 99-117, 128-140, 162-184, 253-266.

Elliot Sober and David Sloan Wilson, Unto Others, pp. 281-287.

Amartya Sen, Inequality Reexamined, pp. 39-55.

Lawrence Becker, AGood Lives, Social Philosophy and Policy, vol. 9, 1992, pp. 15-37.

Thomas Hurka, Perfectionism, pp. 84-98, 114-128.

2. The Psychology of Happiness: What is it and how can it be assessed?

Daniel Kahneman, AObjective Happiness, in Daniel Kahneman, Ed Diener, and Norbert Schwarz eds., Well Being: The Foundations of Hedonic Psychology, pp. 1-25.

Norbert Schwarz and Fritz Strack, AReports of Subjective Well-Being, in Daniel Kahneman, et. al., Well Being, pp. 61-84.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Flow, pp. 39-77.

Ed Diener and Eunkook Suh, AMeasuring Quality of Life: Economic, Social, and subjective Indicators, Social Indicators Research, vol. 40, 1997, pp. 189-216.

3. The Psychology of Happiness: What Produces it and what Results from it?

Ed Diener and Richard Lucas, in Daniel Kahneman, et. al., Well Being, APersonality and Subjective Well-Being, pp. 211-229.

Edward Diener, et. al., ASubjective Well-Being: Three Decades of Progress, Psychological Bulletin, vol. 125, 1999, pp. 276-302.

David Myers and Ed Diener, AThe Pursuit of Happiness, Scientific American, May 1996, pp. 54-56.

Alan Waterman, The Psychology of Individualism, pp. 4-7, 29-69.

Susan Nolen-Hoeksema and Cheryl Rusting, AGender Differences in Well-Being, in Daniel Kahneman, et. al., Well Being, pp. 331-351.

Michael Argyle, ACauses and Correlates of Happiness, in Daniel Kahneman, et. al., Well Being, pp. 353-375.

Barbara Fredrickson, AWhat Good are Positive Emotions?, Review of General Psychology, 1998, pp. 300-319.

4. Consciousness

Robert Nozick, AThe Function of Consciousness, manuscript on reserve

Bernard Baars, A Cognitive Theory of Consciousness, pp. 13-118, 345-356.

Antonio Damasio, The Feeling of What Happens, pp. 15-26, chs 2-6, pp. 284-285, 296-305, ch. 11.

5. Intelligence and Understanding

Robert Sternberg, Beyond IQ: A triarchic theory of human intelligence, pp. xi-xiii, 43-128.

Jonathan Baron, Thinking and Deciding, pp. 86-122.

John Holland, Keith Holyoak, Richard Nisbett and Paul Thagard, Induction: Processes of Inference, Learning, and Discovery, ch. 10, AAnalogy, pp. 287-319.

Roger Dominowski and Pamela Dallob, AInsight and Problem Solving, in Robert Sternberg and Janet Davidson, eds.,The Nature of Insight, pp. 33-62.

Carl Hempel, AThe Function of General Laws in History, in his Aspects ofScientificExplanation, pp. 231-243.

Carl Hempel, ARational Action, Proceedings and Addresses of the AmericanPhilosophical Association, vol. 35, 1961, pp. 5-23.

Robert Nozick, The Nature of Rationality, pp. 153-159.

Neil Cooper, AUnderstanding, Proceedings of the Aristotlean Society, Supplementary Volume, vol. 68, 1994, pp. 1-26.

Catherine Elgin, Considered Judgment, pp. 122-134.

6. Creativity

Robert Nozick, The Examined Life, pp. 34-45.

Robert Nozick, The Nature of Rationality, pp. 163-172.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Creativity. pp. 23-76.

Dean Keith Simonton, Origins of Genius, pp. 1-20, 25-60, 78-104, 145-172.

In Robert J. Sternberg ed., Handbook of Creativity: Robert Sternberg and Todd Lubart, AThe Concept of Creativity, pp. 3-15; David Feldman, AThe Development of Creativity, pp. 169-186; Thomas Ward et. al., ACreative Cognition, pp. 189-212; Emma Policastro and Howard Gardner, AFrom Case Studies to Robust Generalizations, pp. 213-225; Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, AImplications of a Systems Perspective for the Study of Creativity, pp. 313-335.

7. Friendship, Love and Sexuality

Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, VIII, IX.

Robert Nozick, The Examined Life, pp. 61-86.

R.F. Baumeister and M.R. Leary, AThe Need to Belong: desire for interpersonal attachment as a fundamental human motivation, Psychological Bulletin, vol. 117, 1995, pp. 497-529.

David Myers, AClose Relationships and the Quality of Life, in Daniel Kahneman, Ed Diener, and Norbert Schwarz eds.,Well Being: The Foundations of Hedonic Psychology, pp. 376-393.

M. Lewis and J.M. Hatfield, Handbook of Emotions, ch. 41, ALove and Attachment Processes.

David Buss, The Evolution of Desire, chs. 1,2,3,5,6,10.

8. The Evolution of Social and Ethical Behavior

Robert Trivers, "The Evolution of Reciprocal Altruism", Quarterly Review of Biology, vol. 46, 1971, pp. 35-57.

Robert Trivers, Social Evolution, pp. 41-65, 109-238, 361-394.

Richard Alexander, The Biology of Moral Systems, 77- 106.

Leda Cosmides and John Tooby, ACognitive Adaptations for Social Exchange, in John Barkow, Leda Cosmides and John Tooby eds., The Adapted Mind, pp. 163-227.

John Tooby and Leda Cosmides, AFriendship and the Banker=s Paradox: Other Pathways to the Evolution of Adaptatiosn for Altruism, Proceedings of the British Academy, vol. 88, 1996, pp. 119-143.

Elliot Sober and David Sloan Wilson, Unto Others, pp. 17-35, 296-327.

Robert Nozick, Philosophical Explanations, pp. 342-348.

9. The Philosophy and Psychology of Social and Ethical Behavior

Robert Nozick, AEthics and Cooperation (manuscript on reserve).

Robert Nozick, Philosophical Explanations, pp. 451-466, 522-523.

Robert Nozick, The Examined Life, pp. 212-215.

Robert Axelrod AThe Evolution of Cooperation Among Egoists, reprinted in Paul Moser ed., Rtionality in Action, pp. 294-314.

Ann Colby and William Damon, Some Do Care: Contemporary Lives of MoralCommitment, chs. 1,4,7,10,11.

William Damon, AThe Moral Development of Children, Scientific American, August 1999, pp. 72-78.

10. Regulating and Guiding One's Life

Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Books II-IV, VII.

Robert Nozick, The Nature of Rationality, pp. 3-40, 64-106.

Robert Nozick, The Examined Life, pp. 118-150.

Robert Nozick, AInvariance and Objectivity, in Proceedings and Addresses of theAmerican Philosophical Association, vol. 72, December 1998, pp. 33-35.

L.G. Aspinwall and S.E. Taylor, AA Stitch in Time: Self-Regulation and Proactive Coping, Psychological Bulletin, vol. 121, 1997, pp. 417-436.

Christopher Peterson, APersonal Control and Well-Being, in Daniel Kahneman, et. al, Well Being, pp. 288-301.

Amartya Sen, Inequality Reexamined, pp. 56-72.

Martin Seligman et. al., AOptimism, Pessimism and Explanatory Style, in E.C. Chang (ed.), Optimism and Pessimism.

Martin Seligman, Learned Optimism, chs. 1-5, 12, 15..

11. Wisdom, Purpose and Meaning

Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Book VI.

Robert Nozick, APhilosophy and the Meaning of Life, in Philosophical Explanations, pp. 571-647.

Robert Nozick, The Examined Life, pp. 46-60, 141-151, 162-181, 243-278, 297-302.

P.B. Baltes and U.M. Staudinger, AWisdom: A Metaheuristic to Orchestrate Mind and Virtue Towards Excellence,American Psychologist, (in press).

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Flow, pp. 214-240.

Robert Emmons, The Psychology of Ultimate Concerns, ch. 7, APersonal Goals and Life Meaning.

K.I. Pargament, The Psychology of Religion and Coping, ch. 10.