In Beyond Rationality: Contemporary Issues, scholars from a variety of disciplines explore the concept of irrationality in today's increasingly complex world. Combining both theory and practice, this is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand such diverse puzzles as why citizens often readily support dictatorships, how terrorists reason, and why seemingly rational people often make irrational choices.
About the Author: Dr. Rom Harre began his academic career in mathematics, and from 1960 he was the University Lecturer in the Philosophy of Science at Oxford University and Fellow of Linacre College. During that time he developed an interest in iconic thinking and the uses of models. In the 1970s he turned to social psychology in an effort to make this field of psychology more oriented to symbolic and linguistic processes. Of this came The Explanation of Social Behaviour with Paul Secord. Continuing along these lines in recent years as Distinguished Research Professor at Georgetown University in Washington DC he has been a leading advocate of psychology as a moral science, pioneering the new approach of Positioning Theory. He divides his time between Washington and his role as Director of the Centre for the Philosophy of Natural and Social Science at the London School of Economics. His most recent book, Pavlov's Dogs and Schrodinger's Cat, is a study of the uses of animals and plants as scientific apparatus. Dr. Carl Jensen is the Director of the Center for Intelligence and Security Studies at the University of Mississippi and a Senior Behavioral Scientist (adjunct) at the RAND Corporation. Prior to that, he served as a Special Agent in the Federal Bureau of Investigation for twenty-two years. In the FBI, Dr. Jensen worked as a field agent in the Atlanta and Cleveland Divisions, a Forensic Examiner (Cryptanalysis) in the FBI Laboratory and an Instructor/Researcher in the Behavioral Science Unit (BSU). While in the BSU, he founded the Futures Working Group, an organization dedicated to developing ethical and effective strategies for the future of policing. Upon his graduation from the U. S. Naval Academy in 1978, Dr. Jensen served aboard the nuclear fleet ballistic missile submarine USS George Washington Carver and then as an aide to the Commander of Submarine Group Five. In addition to his Bachelor's degree, Dr. Jensen earned an MA in Sociology from Kent State University and a PhD in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland. He is the author and co-author of numerous articles, books and book chapters and has lectured throughout the world.