The Second Cognitive Revolution

A Tribute to Rom Harré

  • Bo Allesøe Christensen

Part of the Theory and History in the Human and Social Sciences book series (THHSS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Bo Allesøe Christensen
    Pages 1-13
  3. Personal Being

  4. Social Science and Positioning Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 51-51
    2. Luk Van Langenhove
      Pages 63-71
    3. Peter Mühlhäusler
      Pages 81-88
  5. Psychology as a Normative Science

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. Ivana Marková
      Pages 101-109
    3. G. E. Berrios
      Pages 111-119
    4. Svend Brinkmann
      Pages 121-129
    5. W. Gerrod Parrott
      Pages 131-139
    6. Grant Gillett
      Pages 141-147
  6. Wittgenstein and Psychology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
    2. Bo Allesøe Christensen
      Pages 151-159
    3. Rupert Read, Bo Allesøe Christensen
      Pages 161-172
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 185-194

About this book


Rom Harré’s career spans more than 40 years of original contributions to the development of both psychology and other human and social sciences. Recognized as a founder of modern social psychology, he developed the microsociological approach ‘ethogenics’ and facilitated the discursive turn within psychology, as well as developed the concept of positioning theory. Used within both philosophy and social scientific approaches aimed at conflict analysis, analyses of power relations, and narrative structures, the development and impact of positioning theory can be understood as part of a second cognitive revolution. Whereas the first cognitive revolution involved incorporating cognition as both thoughts and feelings as an ineliminable part of psychology and social sciences, this second revolution released this cognition from a focus on individuals, and towards a focus of understanding individuals as participating in public practices using public discourses as part of their cognition. This edited volume adds to the scholarly conversation around positioning theory, evaluates Rom Harré’s significance for the history and development of psychology, and highlights his numerous theoretical contributions and their lasting effects on the psychological and social sciences.

Included among the chapters:

  • What is it to be a human being? Rom Harré on self and identity
  • The social philosophy of Harré as a philosophy of culture
  • The discursive ontology of the social world
  • Ethics in socio-cultural psychologies
  • Discursive cognition and neural networks

The Second Cognitive Revolution: A Tribute to Harré is an indispensable reader for anyone interested in his cognitive-historical turn, and finds an audience with academics and researchers in the social and human science fields of cognitive psychology, social psychology, discursive psychology, philosophy, sociology, and ethnomethodology. 


Hybrid Psychology The Ethogenic Perspective Positioning Theory Cultural Psychology Post-Experimental Social Psychology Wittgenstein and Psychology Greenspeak Personal Being Social Being Physical Being The Second Cognitive Revolution Rom Harré

Editors and affiliations

  • Bo Allesøe Christensen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Communication and PsychologyAalborg UniversityAalborgDenmark

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