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Rom Harré receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Rom Harré receives Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Psychological Association

We are delighted to report that the Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology (Division 24 of the American Psychological Association) has bestowed on Professor Rom Harré its highest honour, the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Rom Harré, Emeritus Fellow of Linacre College, has been one of the leaders of the movement to turn psychologists away from basing their researches on the assumption that human behaviour can be understood in terms of causes and their effects to a study of how people create, understand and manage meanings in accordance with rules, conventions and story-lines. He has promoted the idea of a discursive/cultural methodology in a number of publications, including The Explanation of Social Behaviour, with Paul Secord. Recently he has pioneered ‘positioning theory’, the systematic incorporation of studies of rights and duties to think and act in certain ways into research in various fields of psychology. Since retiring from the University Lectureship in Philosophy of Science at Oxford he has held a Professorship at Georgetown University in Washington DC.

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