A Century of Psychology As Science by Sigmund Koch, David E. Leary

By Sigmund Koch, David E. Leary

This reissued version (originally released by way of McGraw-Hill in 1985) of "A Century of Psychology as technology" assesses the accomplishments, prestige and customers of psychology on the finish of its first century as a technological know-how, whereas delivering a brand new postscript. The essays replicate the forty three participants' particular disciplines, but communicate to the wider thematic factor of "fundamental psychology". one of the fields addressed are sensory methods and belief, studying, motivation, emotion, cognition, improvement, character and social psychology. This paintings studies psychology's first century and goals to supply a clean perception on psychology because it enters its moment century.

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In the course of his majestic construction of the critical philosophy, he had perceived that humankind is boxed in a curious way. He had discerned that there is a class of questions which human reason must necessarily confront but which are rationally undecidable. These, as every schoolchild knows, are the antinomies of pure reason-issues such that a thesis and its contradictory antithesis can both be proved. The four particular antinomies Kant considers bear, in the usefully brief words of one commentator (Weldon, 1958, p.

Recognizing this, the inquirer ” 72 The Disciplinary Status ofPsychology proceeds to assess the worthiness of those possible methods of investigation which honor the essential character of the phenomena. Depending on the particular event under consideration, the preferred method may be introspective, historical, interrogative, purely conceptual, or experimental. But it is the phenomenon that dictates the method, and not vice versa. Returning to the title of this essay, is the relationship between psychology and science one of synonymy or antonymy?

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