Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Psychology

Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Psychology

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Martin Farrell
Cambridge University Press, 6/19/2014
EAN 9780521184809, ISBN10: 0521184800

Paperback, 460 pages, 24.6 x 17.3 x 2 cm
Language: English

This textbook connects the big ideas and key thinkers of psychology and philosophy in a clear and cohesive theoretical narrative. Students are led to understand the relations between different schools of thought, and to connect the various thinkers, theories and facts in psychology's history. Focusing on the major ideas that have reoccurred throughout history, such as the mind-body problem and the role of the mind in our experience, Martin Farrell shows how specific thinkers have explored the same ideas, but in different ways, leading to distinct schools of thought. The coherent narrative enables students to see the bigger picture, through which the historical and conceptual roots of psychology can be easily understood.

Part I. Philosophy of Science
1. Logical positivism and Popper's falsificationism
2. Kuhn and scientific revolutions
3. Lakatos and Feyerabend
research programmes and anarchism
Part II. Historical Development of the Philosophy of Mind
4. Descartes and the mind-body problem
5. Locke, Berkeley, and empiricism
6. Hume, Kant, and Enlightenment
7. Schopenhauer and Nietzsche
Part III. Psychology
8. Psychophysics and physiological psychology
9. Evolution and psychology
10. Freud and psychoanalysis
11. Wundt and the birth of experimental psychology
12. Titchener, introspection, and positivism
13. Gestalt psychology
14. William James and the stream of consciousness
15. Dewey and functionalism
16. Behaviourism
17. Cognitive psychology
18. Modularity, neuroscience, and embodied cognition.

Advance praise: 'A refreshing text … the author's narrative is clear, focused, and engaging, and the central ideas and concepts - even the difficult ones - are presented in an accessible and comprehensible fashion.' Edwin E. Gantt, Brigham Young University

Advance praise: 'This text provides a deep insight into the history of psychology and, in particular, many of the theoretical and empirical relationships between theorists.' Dannette Marie, University of Aberdeen