Research Programs: Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars

Period of Performance

1/1/2007 - 12/31/2007

Funding Totals

$40,000.00 (approved)
$40,000.00 (awarded)

Science and Ideology in the Work of Raymond Cattell

FAIN: FB-52756-06

William Harris Tucker
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Camden (Camden, NJ 08102-1405)

In 1997 Raymond Cattell, one of the most influential psychologists in the 20th century, was named recipient of his profession's Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement, only to have its presentation postponed at the last moment due to concerns over a religious system he had promoted throughout his career. Derived from science, this system posited evolutionary progress as the ultimate goal of human existence and argued that scientifically measurable criteria should be used to distinguish "successful" from "failing" racial groups, so that the latter might be "phased out" by humane methods such as restriction of births. This project is a book length examination of Cattell's views as a case study in the relationship of science to ethical values.

Associated Products

The Cattell Controversy: Race, Science and Ideology (Book)
Title: The Cattell Controversy: Race, Science and Ideology
Author: William H. Tucker
Abstract: In August 1997, Raymond Cattell, the father of personality trait measurement, had been selected as the recipient of the American Psychological Foundation Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in Psychological Science. This title discusses the controversy that arose within the field in response to the award's postponement.
Year: 2009
Primary URL:
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 978-0252034008