1879 and All that: Essays in the Theory and History of Psychology

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Columbia University Press, 1986 - Psychology - 295 pages
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Mary Henle's many years of research have earned her a loyal following and a reputation as an original and signiicant contributor to concepts of modern psychology. In her latest book she analyzes theories of psychology, rather than simply presenting them, and invites her readers -psychologists and students alike- to read these accepted ideas more closely and critically.

1879 and All That argues that psychologists should think more clearly about concepts, assumptions, and even words they use. Providing examples from Gestalt psychology, her own specialty, Henle addresses a number of themes, including: the need to recognize that labelling a problem is not the same as solving it; the need to analyze an author's assumptions in order to understand the author; and the need to consult primary sources instead of relying on secondary materials.

The goal throughout is to take the student and psychologist beyond the passive reading of psychology history and theory, in which one simply learns what significant figures have said, and to start them on a much more adventurous and exciting path of analysis.

 

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Contents

On the Distinction Between the Phenomenal
3
Freuds Secret Cognitive Theories
49
Kurt Lewin as Metatheorist
74
Some Problems of Eclecticism
81
On Controversy and Its Resolution
93
A Whisper from a Ghost
111
The Influence of Gestalt Psychology in America
118
R L Gregory The Intelligent Eye
133
The Snail Beneath the Shell
172
On the Relation Between Logic and Thinking
190
Of the Scholler of Nature
207
One Man Against the NazisWolfgang Kohler
225
An American Adventure
238
Robert M Ogden and Gestalt Psychology
254
Notes
269
Index
293

E B Titchener
141
Fishing for Ideas
157

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About the author (1986)

Mary Henle is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology, Graduate Faculty, at the New School for Social Research. She is editor of The Selected Papers of Wolfgang Kohler and of Vision and Artifact, and coeditor of Historical Conceptions of Psychology.

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