An Intellectual History of Psychology by Daniel N. Robinson

By Daniel N. Robinson

An highbrow historical past of Psychology, already a vintage in its box, is now on hand in a concise new 3rd version. It provides mental principles as a part of a better net of pondering all through background in regards to the necessities of human nature, interwoven with rules from philosophy, technology, faith, artwork, literature, and politics.
Daniel N. Robinson demonstrates that from the sunrise of rigorous and self-critical inquiry in historic Greece, reflections approximately human nature were inextricably associated with the cultures from which they arose, and every definable old age has further its personal personality and tone to this lengthy culture. An highbrow heritage of Psychology not just explores the main major principles approximately human nature from old to trendy occasions, but in addition examines the wider social and clinical contexts within which those innovations have been articulated and defended. Robinson treats each one epoch, even if old Greece or Renaissance Florence or Enlightenment France, in its personal phrases, revealing the issues that ruled the age and engaged the energies of prime thinkers.
Robinson additionally explores the abiding stress among humanistic and clinical views, assessing the main convincing positions on either side of the controversy. worthy as a textual content for college kids and as a stimulating and insightful review for students and working towards psychologists, this quantity could be learn both as a historical past of psychology in either its philosophical and aspiring clinical classes or as a concise historical past of Western philosophy’s techniques of human nature.


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But more important than the specific observations made by the Hippocratics was their commitment to observation. Greek medicine was quite advanced. It served as a constant reminder that the world of sense and the empirical method of fact-gathering were suspended only at the peril of those who wished to learn and understand. Hippocrates (or whoever is responsible for the teachings attributed to him) had recorded the fact that injuries to either side of the head resulted in spasms on the contralateral side.

This line of argument, then, establishes the framework for the Socratic theory of governance. The Problem of Governance In his History o/Western Philosophy, Bertrand Russell seeks to demythologize Plato's heroic standing: It has always been correct to praise Plato but not to understand him. This is the common fate of great men. My object is the opposite. I wish to understand him, but to treat him with as little reverence as if he were a contemporary English or American advocate of totalitarianism.

5 The intellectual range of the dialogues is universal. They analyze all the problems introduced by the pre-Socratics and in the process advance others that only the Socratics seem to have conceived. We shall investigate but a narrow set of these topics, the set that pertains to matters of consequence in the history of psychology and that still survives in contemporary psychological scholarship. Broadly defined, the set contains four core problems: (1) the prob- 24 Philosophical Psychology lem of the knowable, (2) the problem of knowledge, (3) the problem of conduct, and (4) the problem of governance.

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