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A history of psychology in western civilization

Author: Bruce K Alexander; Curtis P Shelton
Publisher: Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2014.
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"This book is a re-introduction to psychology. It focuses on great scholarly thinkers, beginning with Plato, Marcus Aurelius and St Augustine, who gave the field its foundational ideas long before better known 'founders', such as Galton, Fechner, Wundt and Watson appeared on the scene. Psychology can only achieve its full breadth and potential when we fully appreciate its scholarly legacy. Bruce Alexander and Curt  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bruce K Alexander; Curtis P Shelton
ISBN: 9781107007291 1107007291 9780521189309 0521189306
OCLC Number: 870285939
Description: xix, 542 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : Two histories of western psychology --
Rationalism: Plato and the 'just' person --
Stoicism: Marcus Aurelius and the sufficient self --
Christianity: St Augustine and the incomplete soul --
Materialism: Thomas Hobbes and the human machine --
Empiricism: John Locke, David Hume, and experience as reality --
Evolution: Charles Darwin and homo sapiens as a work in progress --
Medicine: Sigmund Freud and the world of neurotics --
Re-imagining psychology --
Appendix A. Plato's nature of intelligence and other faculties --
Appendix B. The search for Aunt Lena.
Responsibility: Bruce K. Alexander, Simon Fraser University, Curtis P. Shelton, British Columbia Institute of Technology.
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