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

By Sigmund Koch, David E. Leary

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

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None of this is likely to vex those who have already dismissed philosophy of science as a discipline capable of informing, enriching, and even assessing science itself. In such circles, the connection between the two is generally regarded the way the virtuoso might think of the music critic: as one who cannot perform himself, but who nevertheless presumes to judge the performance of others. This, however, is not an apt analogy. T h e better one is the relationship between a director and an actor, each taking some responsibility for delivering to the public a creation authored by neither of them.

Schlick‘s statement is far more characteristic of the dominant tone of philosophy in this century than is Russell’s. 84 The Disciplinary Status ofPsychology It can be seen from Russell’s illustrations of “unanswerable” yet, in his view, meaningful and even pressing problems that they include equivalents of Kant’s four antinomies but project a considerably broader class. But, if we consider the class of undecidable yet meaningful problems as manifested in the daily preoccupations and concerns of human beings, I think we will all see what we already agonizingly know: that the class is so large as to be nondenumerable in principle.

But as he is seen more frequently and in a wider range of settings, one comes to anticipate his formulae and thus see in his actions no more than a device by which he might parade a very limited talent. In the end, his performance is a form of selfparody that elicits the silence of embarrassment rather than that of awe. As a purely empirical enterprise, modern psychology has added an immense amount to the world’s store of factual knowledge, and for this it can expect support and enjoy a measure of pride.

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