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Scott Greer

My research background has been in the history and social construction of psychological concepts and practices. However, more recent work has focused on the concept of “presence” (the way the past resides, unrepresented, in the present) and its relationship to consciousness, memory, meaning, and personal experience. 

  • Ph.D., York University, 1999
  • M.A., York University, 1991
  • B.A., University of Memphis, 1987
Associate Professor
(902) 566-0690
Research Interests: 
  • History and theory of Psychology
  • Freud and psychoanalytic thought
  • The self and consciousness
  1. Greer, S.  (2007).  Is There a 'Self' in Self Research? Or, How Measuring the Self Caused It to Disappear.  Social Practice/Psychological Theorizing. On-line at
  2.  Greer, S.  (2006). A Knowing Noos and a Slippery Psychê: Jaynes’ Recipe for an Unnatural Theory of Consciousness.  In Kuijsten, M. (ed.), Reflections on the Dawn of Consciousness: Julian Jaynes' Bicameral Mind Theory Revisited, pp. 237-266.  Las Vegas, NV: The Julian Jaynes Society.

  3. Greer, S.  (2005).  Basic vs. applied social science research.  In K. Kempf-Leonard (ed.), Encyclopedia of Social  Measurement, pp. 121-128.  San Diego, CA: Elsevier Academic Press. 

  4. Greer, S.  (2003). Self-esteem and the De-moralized Self : A Genealogy of Self  Research and Measurement.  In D. Hall and M. Krall (eds.), About Psychology: Essays at the Crossroads of History, Theory, and Philosophy, pp. 89-108.  Albany, NY: SUNY Press.

  5. Greer, S.  (2002).  Freud's ‘Bad Conscience': The Case of Nietzsche's Genealogy.  Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, 38 (3), 303-315.