A History of Psychology in Western Civilization

by Bruce K. Alexander,

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  • 9781107007291
  • 9781139989527
  • 9781139984904
This book is a re-introduction to psychology. It focuses on great scholarly thinkers, beginning with Plato, Marcus Aurelius and St Augustine, who gave the field its foundational ideas long before better known 'founders', such as Galton, Fechner, Wundt and Watson, appeared on the scene. Psychology can only achieve its full breadth and potential when we fully appreciate its scholarly legacy. Bruce Alexander and Curtis Shelton also argue that the fundamental contradictions built into psychology's history have never been resolved, and that a truly pragmatic approach, as defined by William James, can produce a 'layered' psychology that will enable psychologists to face the fearsome challenges of the twenty-first century. A History of Psychology in Western Civilization claims that contemporary psychology has overemphasized the methods of physical science and that psychology will need a broader scientific orientation alongside a scholarly focus in order to fully engage the future.
  • Cambridge University Press; July 2014
  • ISBN 9781139989527
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  • Title: A History of Psychology in Western Civilization
  • Author: Bruce K. Alexander; Curtis P. Shelton
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9781107007291
  • 9781139989527
  • 9781139984904

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'Anyone who can link the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius with Abraham Maslow, Plato with Chomsky and Hume with Seligman is on to something! The approach is stunning in its creativity and accessibility.' Alex Forsythe, University of Liverpool

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9781107007291
  • 9781139989527
  • 9781139984904