Evolution of Psychology

Evolution of Psychology

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For upper-level undergraduate and introductory graduate courses in the History of Psychology and Systems of Psychology.This text explores the historical roots of current psychology through a three-part organization: it first examines the philosophical shift from theological thought to rationalism and empiricism; the materialistic-evolutionary shift to viewing the natural world, the human body, and the mind as a mechanistic machine without design or purpose; and finally, it considers the way each of the schools of psychology responded to these paradigms. This book immerses students in the reasoning of historical figures, shows the problems they wished to solve in the context of their times, and then allows students to connect their solutions to the present.
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  • Hardback | 464 pages
  • 152 x 229mm
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • 0130405825
  • 9780130405821

Table of contents

1. The Study of Science and Psychology from a Historical Perspective. I. TESTING THE LIMITS OF WHAT WE CAN KNOW FOR OURSELVES: EPISTEMOLOGY AND PSYCHOLOGY. 2. The Shift from Church Authority to Rationalism: The Times and Philosophy of Rene Descartes. 3. Empiricism, Its Legacies and Limitations. II FROM SOUL AND BODY TO MIND AND BODY: THE EVOLUTIONARY/MATERIALIST PARADIGM SHIFT. 4. From Argument by Design to Nature Red in Tooth and Claw: The Development of Evolutionist Thought. 5. Idealism to Materialism and Dualism in Germany. III. STRUGGLING WITH THE NEW PARADIGM. 6. William James and Functionalism (Darwin + Consciousness). 7. Behaviorism (Darwin + Empiricism). 8. Psychoanalysis: A Theory for Its Time and Place. 9. The Developmental Approach. 10. Epilogue and Guide to Appendices. Appendix A: A Chronology of Important Events in Science, History, and Psychology. Appendix B: A Table of Preparadigmatic Conflicts Among Schools in Psychology. Appendix C: Placement of Schools on Several Philosophical Dimensions. Appendix D: A Map of Relationships Among the People in this Book.
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