Changing the Rules: Psychology in the Netherlands 1900-1985

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Cambridge University Press, May 26, 1995 - Psychology - 204 pages
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The history of the social sciences has been marked by frequent and fierce debates on the rules of scientific methodology. Even the most general criteria agreed upon in the natural sciences are emphatically disputed in the social sciences. Presenting the history of psychology in the Netherlands as a case representative of Western social science, this book examines the divisive nature of social methodology more closely. The author scrutinizes published books and articles, as well as archival material and taped interviews, to sketch a history in which psychologists call their colleagues "semi-intellectuals who take lack of clarity for profundity" or accuse them of "undermining respect for men." As to the question of how such disagreements on the rules of sciences should be understood, this book contradicts the common picture in which social scientists only gradually came to understand how their profession should be "scientifically" practiced. Students and scholars of the history of science and the history of psychology will be fascinated by this account.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The variability of methodological standards in the social sciences
7
Handwriting and character
30
Like everything living which encounters us
62
The neurotic paradox of clinical psychology
92
Predictions
126
Social and rational rules
153
Appendix
159
Notes
160
Index
199
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