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Popper, Otto Selz, and the rise of evolutionary epistemology

Author: Michel Ter Hark
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004.
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"This book is about Karl Popper's early writings before he began his career as a philosopher. The purpose of the book is to demonstrate that Popper's philosophy of science, with its emphasis on the method of trial and error, is largely based on the psychology of Otto Selz, whose theory of problem solving and scientific discovery laid the foundation for much of contemporary cognitive psychology. By arguing that  Read more...
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Named Person: Karl Raimund Popper, Sir; Otto Selz; Karl R Popper; Otto Selz; Karl R Popper; Otto Selz
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michel Ter Hark
ISBN: 0521830745 9780521830744
OCLC Number: 52410773
Description: xiv, 248 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Tracing the genesis of an idea --
Philosophy of science and evolutionary epistemology --
Between autobiography and reality --
Popper and early German psychology --
Psychology of thinking, evolutionary theory, and psychoanalysis --
The Wurzburg School --
Towards an evolutionary theory of cognition --
Personalistic psychology and psychoanalysis --
Popper and the foundations of pedagogy --
The school reform movement --
Heimat and the pedagogy of self-activity --
The inductive method of science --
Karl Buhler's child psychology and dogmatic thinking --
Assurance and the fear of the unknown --
Otto Selz and the science of problem solving --
Life and work --
The assault on association psychology --
The theory of schematic anticipations --
Psychology of discovery and the Geisteswissenschaften --
Trying-out behaviour and the biological turn --
Popper's psychology of knowledge --
The methodology of Denkpsychologie --
Theoretical pluralism and the evolutionary approach --
The bucket theory, Otto Selz, and pedagogy --
Otto Selz and Popper's deductive turn --
A philosophical breakthrough? --
The theory of the searchlight --
Evolutionary epistemology and the mind-body problem --
Evolutionary epistemology and the theory of the searchlight --
The battle against physicalism --
Karl Buhler and the theory of language --
Language, searchlight, and world 3 --
A Cartesian pluralist?
Responsibility: Michel ter Hark.
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"This book is about Karl Popper's early writings before he began his career as a philosopher. The purpose of the book is to demonstrate that Popper's philosophy of science, with its emphasis on the method of trial and error, is largely based on the psychology of Otto Selz, whose theory of problem solving and scientific discovery laid the foundation for much of contemporary cognitive psychology. By arguing that Popper's famous defence of the method of falsification and his elaboration of an evolutionary theory of knowledge are equally indebted to German psychology, Michel ter Hark challenges the received view of the development of Popper's philosophy. He concludes the book with a reinterpretation of Popper's theory of the mind-body problem, emphasizing its contemporary relevance."--Jacket.

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