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An Intellectual History of Psychology by Daniel N. Robinson

By Daniel N. Robinson

An highbrow heritage of Psychology, already a vintage in its box, is now to be had in a concise new 3rd variation. It provides mental principles as a part of a better net of considering all through background in regards to the necessities of human nature, interwoven with principles from philosophy, technology, faith, artwork, literature, and politics.
Daniel N. Robinson demonstrates that from the sunrise of rigorous and self-critical inquiry in historical Greece, reflections approximately human nature were inextricably associated with the cultures from which they arose, and every definable ancient age has extra its personal personality and tone to this lengthy culture. An highbrow historical past of Psychology not just explores the main major principles approximately human nature from historic to trendy occasions, but in addition examines the wider social and clinical contexts within which those thoughts have been articulated and defended. Robinson treats every one epoch, no matter if old Greece or Renaissance Florence or Enlightenment France, in its personal phrases, revealing the issues that ruled the age and engaged the energies of top thinkers.
Robinson additionally explores the abiding pressure among humanistic and clinical views, assessing the main convincing positions on both sides of the controversy. useful as a textual content for college kids and as a stimulating and insightful evaluation for students and training psychologists, this quantity could be learn both as a heritage of psychology in either its philosophical and aspiring medical classes or as a concise heritage of Western philosophy’s ideas of human nature.


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The reader will gain useful insights into Platonic philosophy by reading Professor Jowett's Index. The Index is not merely an alphabetical list of terms but is, in addition, an analysis of the meaning of the terms in context. 12. Ibid. 13. Ibid. 14. Ibid. 15. Bertrand Russell, A History of Western Philosophy, p. 105. 16. See, for example, America: 1938-1944, Vol. II of The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell, Atlantic Monthly Press, Little, Brown, Boston, 1968. Lord Russell confronted an intellectual intolerance quite as severe as we might have found in the Athens of Pericles.

The view of reason and appetite as opposing forces is as old as the Homeric epics and as current as psychoanalytic theory. Harmony is an abiding theme in Plato's philosophy, and the Republic makes frequent use of musical metaphors in stressing the need for the soul's powers to be harmonized. Ancient Greek medicine employed music therapeutically, and the Spartan ephors were very careful in regulating the kind of music heard by the citizens. Debts to Pythagoras are fairly obvious here and elsewhere as Plato undertakes an examination of the right sort of life.

3. ; reprinted by Random House, New York, 1932. Xenophon's Memorabilia includes a sketch of Socrates that is important for corroborative purposes. It was written at least thirty years after the death of Socrates. 4. The Second Epistle, from which the quotation is taken, is of questionable authenticity. But the very same modesty is expressed in the Seventh Epistle (Sec. 341) whose authenticity is well established. " On this reading Plato may be admitting that he did more than merely adorn the teachings of Socrates.

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