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The History of Psychology

Brett, George Sidney

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ISBN 10: 1855065754 / ISBN 13: 9781855065758
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Title: The History of Psychology

Publisher: Thoemmes Continuum

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'the whole work is remarkably fresh, vivid and attractively written; psychologists will be grateful that a work of this kind has been done ... by one who has the scholarship, science, and philosophical training that are requisite for the task'
- Mind

This renowned three-volume collection records chronologically the steps by which psychology developed from the time of the early Greek thinkers and the first writings on the nature of the mind, through to the 1920s and such modern preoccupations as criminal and animal psychology.

It is only in relatively recent times that psychology has been considered an empirical science independent of philosophy. Brett's account is thus concerned with the broadest definition of psychology, taking in such philosophical aspects as the relation of mind and body, thought processes, etc. For each period he gives an account of the state of the sciences which influenced psychology, the state of psychology itself, the influence psychology had on other areas, and the applications of psychological theories. Examining a huge range of figures, he describes their attitudes on fundamental questions and their contribution to the progress of the subject, as well as the history of the different methods of inquiry. The thinkers he discusses range from Aristotle, Democritus, Socrates, Plato, and Xenocrates to Proclus, the Arabian teachers, Magnus, Duns Scotus, and Ockham; from Galileo, Descartes, Gassendi, and Cudworth to Locke, Berkeley, Condillac, and Kant; from Reid, Stewart, Herbart, and Schopenhauer to Bain, Spencer, Mill and Darwin.

Surprisingly clear and easy to read, Brett's account succeeds in illuminating the nature of psychology as well as its history. It remains a classic overview of the subject from its broad roots in philosophy through to the independent empirical science of the modern era.

--a scarce work, rarely found as a complete set
--a classic work - all historians of psychology and philosophy should have A History of Psychology

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