An Intellectual History of Psychology

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University of Wisconsin Press, 1995 - Psychology - 381 pages
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     An Intellectual History of Psychology, already a classic in its field, is now available in a concise new third edition. It presents psychological ideas as part of a greater web of thinking throughout history about the essentials of human nature, interwoven with ideas from philosophy, science, religion, art, literature, and politics.
     Daniel N. Robinson demonstrates that from the dawn of rigorous and self-critical inquiry in ancient Greece, reflections about human nature have been inextricably linked to the cultures from which they arose, and each definable historical age has added its own character and tone to this long tradition. An Intellectual History of Psychology not only explores the most significant ideas about human nature from ancient to modern times, but also examines the broader social and scientific contexts in which these concepts were articulated and defended. Robinson treats each epoch, whether ancient Greece or Renaissance Florence or Enlightenment France, in its own terms, revealing the problems that dominated the age and engaged the energies of leading thinkers.
     Robinson also explores the abiding tension between humanistic and scientific perspectives, assessing the most convincing positions on each side of the debate. Invaluable as a text for students and as a stimulating and insightful overview for scholars and practicing psychologists, this volume can be read either as a history of psychology in both its philosophical and aspiring scientific periods or as a concise history of Western philosophy’s concepts of human nature.

 

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User Review  - Harman - Goodreads

This was good; extremely heady in some places, sometimes to the point of being unintelligible - although I think that's more due to my inability to measure up to Robinson's IQ than poor writing. My ... Read full review

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User Review  - Beth - Goodreads

In my 4 years of studying Psychology, I haven't really gotten a good history of where Psychology originated. This book was a very interesting tool to use in one of my classes. Robinson gives a great ... Read full review

Contents

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Aristotle the Epicureans
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The Authority of Faith
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Copyright

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Daniel N. Robinson is professor of psychology at Georgetown University. His many books include Toward a Science of Human Nature: Essays on the Psychologies of Hegel, Mill, Wundt, and James; Philosophy of Psychology; and Aristotle’s Psychology. He was chief consultant for the PBS television series The Brain  and The Mind.

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