An Argument for Mind

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Yale University Press, Aug 28, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 287 pages
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In this elegantly written book, Jerome Kagan melds the history of the field of psychology during the past 50 years with the story of his own research efforts of the same period and an analysis of what he terms "the currently rocky romance between psychology and biology.” As Kagan unwinds his own history, he reveals the seminal events that have shaped his career and discusses how his assumptions have changed. With full appreciation for the contributions to psychology of history, philosophy, literature, and neuroscience, he approaches a wide range of fascinating topics, including:
   the abandonment of orthodox forms of behaviorism and psychoanalysis
   the forces that inspired later-twentieth-century curiosity about young children
   why B. F. Skinner chose to study psychology
   why the study of science less often ignites imaginations today
   our society’s obsession with erotic love
   the resurgence of religious fanaticism and the religious Right
Embedded in Kagan’s discussions is a rejection of the current notion that a mature neuroscience will eventually replace psychology. He argues that a complete understanding of brain is not synonymous with a full explanation of mind, and he concludes with a brief prediction of the next five decades in the field of psychology.
 

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In this intellectual autobiography, Kagan (psychology, emeritus, Harvard Univ.;Birth to Maturity ) gives an overview of his theories and research on human development as well as the history of the ... Read full review

Contents

Choice and Indoctrination
1
Setting a New Foundation
35
Flirting with Biology
70
Accepting Biology and History
101
Human Morality
127
Acknowledging Temperament
173
Celebrating Mind
210
Coda
258
Notes
263
Index
275
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Jerome Kagan is professor of psychology emeritus, Harvard University, and was co-director of the Mind/Brain/Behavior Interfaculty Initiative at Harvard.

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