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The compromised scientist : William James in the Development of American psychology

Author: Daniel W Bjork
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, 1983.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A compelling, insightful, and intimate portrait of William James as artist, philosopher, and psychologist, The Compromised Scientist explains James's emergence as a founding father of American experimental psychology. Unlike most books about James, this one emphasizes the fact that he had found a career as a painter and was not really a "buried" philosopher or psychologist. He was, in fact, an artist who was forced  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: William James; William James; William James; William James; William James; William James; William James
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel W Bjork
ISBN: 0231055005 9780231055000 0231055013 9780231055017
OCLC Number: 8728234
Description: xiv, 221 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: The shifting moment --
The compromised artist --
The German Connection: James and Hugo Münsterberg --
The uncompromised scientist: Edward Bradford Titchener --
Psychological nationalist: James McKeen Cattell --
The pitfalls of parental compromising --
Accommodating the boundaries of consciousness --
The consequences of compromising.
Responsibility: Daniel W. Bjork.

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"A compelling, insightful, and intimate portrait of William James as artist, philosopher, and psychologist, The Compromised Scientist explains James's emergence as a founding father of American experimental psychology. Unlike most books about James, this one emphasizes the fact that he had found a career as a painter and was not really a "buried" philosopher or psychologist. He was, in fact, an artist who was forced to compromise his urge to paint by developing a unique psychological language--the language of the "stream of consciousness." Daniel W. Bjork offers an entirely new perspective on James by analyzing his famous diary as a record of his brilliant flight from art to psychology. In addition, Bjork explores the ways in which James's artistic orientation inevitably brought him into conflict with such other major psychological pioneers as Hugo Münsterberg, Edward Bradford Titchener, and James McKeen Cattell, all of whom dissented from James's psychological and professional outlook and, in particular, his enthusiastic crusade for the unconscious and psychic research. For them too, James was a "compromised scientist"--A man who had abandoned scientific standards. This indispensable study, complete with ample diary notations and illustrations, brings into new perspective the leading figure in American experimental psychology."--Provided by publisher.

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