A History of Psychology Ideas and Context

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-12-27
  • Publisher: Pearson
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A History of Psychology: Ideas and Context, Third Edition, is a comprehensive history of psychology tracing psychological thought from ancient times through late twentieth-century developments.The reader is presented with a framework for interpreting the pedagogy of philosophy through the development of historiography and philosophical problems in the opening chapters. The book gives in-depth coverage to the intellectual trends that preceded the formal founding of psychology, coupled with an analysis of the major classical systems of thought and the key developments in the history of basic and applied psychology. The final epilogue focuses on the major trends in psychology in the latter half of the twentieth century.Designed for anyone interested in the history of psychology, systems of psychology or systematic psychology.

Author Biography

D. Brett King has been a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at the University of Colorado at Boulder since 1990.  He is the author of numerous articles and books on the history of psychology including a book-length biography of the Gestalt psychologist Max Wertheimer, co-authored with Michael Wertheimer.  King and his wife, Dr. Cheri King, served as co-archivists for the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association.  He has won numerous teaching awards and, in 1995, was honored as CU Boulder’s “Best Professor” in a campus-wide student poll conducted by The Colorado Daily, CU Boulder’s campus newspaper.

Wayne Viney is Emeritus Professor and Emeritus University Distinguished Teaching Scholar at Colorado State University where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in the history of psychology and an undergraduate course in the development of scientific thought. Dr. Viney served as the Head of the Psychology Department at Colorado State University from 1967 to

1973 and as Associate Dean of Natural Sciences and Director of the University Core Curriculum in Biology from 1973 to 1976. He received 17 teaching awards while working at Colorado State. He has served as President of Division 26 Society for the History of Psychology of the American Psychological Association and as President of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association. He has published extensively in the history of psychology.


William Douglas Woody is Associate Professor of Psychological Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado where he teaches History and Systems of Psychology at the graduate level.  He taught History and Systems of Psychology at the undergraduate level at Colorado State University and the University of Wisconsin — Eau Claire.  In 2006, he received the Early Career Achievement Award from the Society for the History of Psychology.  Additionally, he has received numerous national, university, and college level teaching awards, and including being named Best Professor by the students at two of the three universities where he has taught.

Table of Contents

Historical Studies: Some Issues
Why Study History?
Some Problems in Historiography
The History of the History of Psychology
Internal and External History
Philosophical Issues
The Problem of Causality
Free Will and Determinism
The Mind-Body Problem
Ancient Psychological Thought
Early Chinese Psychologies
Other Ancient Far-Eastern Psychologies
The Hebrews
The Roman Period and the Middle Ages
Roman Medicine
Roman Philosophy
The Fall of Rome
The Early Christian Faith
The Medieval Period
The Renaissance
Effect of the Plague
Expanding Geographic Knowledge
Influence of the Greek Classics
Growth of Empirical Studies
Changing Visions of the World
Psychological Thought in the Renaissance
Empiricism, Associationism, and Utilitarianism
Empiricism on the Continent
Associationism and Utilitarianism
Emphasis on a Priori Knowledge
Theory of Active Mind
Deduction versus Induction
Rene Descartes
Baruch Spinoza
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz
Immanuel Kant
Johann Friedrich Herbart
Thomas Reid and Common Sense Psychology
Mechanization and Quantification
Thomas Hobbes
Rene Descartes Revisited
Jan Swammerdam
Neils Stensen
Stephen Hales
Robert Whytt
Johann August Unzer
Julien Offray De La Mettrie
Pierre-Jean Georges Cabanis
Mapping the Central and Peripheral Nervous Systems
Naturalism and Humanitarian Reform Evolutionary Theory
Significance of Evolutionary Theory for Psychology
Naturalistic Approaches to Emotional Disorders
Humanitarian Reform
Psychophysics and the Formal Founding of Psychology
Wilhelm Wundt
Developments After the Founding
Systematic Extension: Edward Bradford Titchener
Franz Brentano and Act Psychology
Carl Stumpf
Georg Elias Maller
Oswald Kalpe and the Warzburg School
Hermann Ebbinghaus
Wundt's Contemporaries and Applied Psychology
Harvard University
Functionalism and the University of Chicago
Psychology at Columbia University
Mary Whiton Calkins
The Growth of Applied Psychology
Influence of Functionalism: An Evaluation
Antecedents of Behaviorism
Formal Founding of American Behaviorism
Other Behavioral Psychologies
Importance of Learning
Importance of Precision and Clarity
Importance of Experimentation
Early Behavioristic Psychologies
Further Contributions to Applied Psychology from Neobehaviorism
Gestalt Psychology
Max Wertheimer
Wolfgang Kahler
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