A Century of Psychology As Science by Sigmund Koch, David E. Leary

By Sigmund Koch, David E. Leary

This reissued variation (originally released by way of McGraw-Hill in 1985) of "A Century of Psychology as technological know-how" assesses the accomplishments, prestige and clients of psychology on the finish of its first century as a technological know-how, whereas delivering a brand new postscript. The essays mirror the forty three participants' particular disciplines, but converse to the wider thematic factor of "fundamental psychology". one of the fields addressed are sensory techniques and notion, studying, motivation, emotion, cognition, improvement, character and social psychology. This paintings stories psychology's first century and goals to supply a clean perception on psychology because it enters its moment century.

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For I am discussing matters within the ken of every human being which are disquieting to contemplate or address. Indeed, they are matters in respect to which the history of disciplinary inquiry has to some extent been an evasion. It might almost be said that we are increasingly walled off from the matters I have in mind by the overconfident and often spurious knowledge claims disgorged upon the race by certain of the formal disciplines. It is fitting that so arch an introduction point toward a rather odd title.

Readers will no doubt find in the present analysis the sort of distinctions Allport (1937) had in mind when h e contrasted ideographic and nomothetic approaches to psychology. My argument, of course, owes a debt to Allport as it does to Collingwood (1972), Winch (1958), and many other philosophers who have emphasized the need to embrace personal psychological factors in any attempt to explain culturally and socially significant actions. But the present analysis goes beyond Allport’s proposals in that it simply discounts the possibility of an ideographic science, at least as this noun is understood within the physical and biological disciplines.

Mill as the modern fathers of positivism, it would be historically proper to call Mach the founder of neopositivism and the members of the Vienna Circle the architects of logical positivism. But convention now identifies the Vienna Circle with “neopositivism,” a somewhat misleading habit in light of the several great and irreconcilable disagreements that divided the members almost from the first. The “circle” began in 1907 as a trio-Otto Neurath, Hans Hann, and Philipp Frank-later expanding to include Moritz Schlick, Kurt Godel, Herbert Feigl, and Rudolf Carnap.

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