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Through the rearview mirror : historical reflections on psychology

Author: John Macnamara
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 1999.
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In this book, John Macnamara shows how a number of important thinkers through the ages have approached problems of mental representation and the acquisition of knowledge. He discusses the relevance of these approaches to modern cognitive psychology, focusing on central themes that he believes have strongly influenced modern psychology. This is not a neutral historical survey, but a vehicle for Macnamara's arguments  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Macnamara, John.
Through the rearview mirror.
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 1999
(OCoLC)607450702
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Macnamara
ISBN: 0262133520 9780262133524
OCLC Number: 40408721
Notes: "A Bardford book."
Description: xix, 291 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: three very general observations on psychology and its history --
Plato on learning --
Plato on truth and knowledge --
Aristotle on knowledge and understanding --
Aristotle on perception: three questions --
The Book of Genesis and psychology --
The impact of Christianity on psychology --
St. Augustine of Hippo: Christian Platonist --
St. Thomas Aquinas on individuals and concepts --
St. Thomas Aquinas and dualism --
Duns Scotus and William of Ockham: the cusp of the Middle Ages --
Thomas Hobbes: grandfather of modern psychology --
Rene Descartes: medieval man of the Renaissance --
John Locke: a no-nonsense developmental psychologist --
Gottfried Leibneiz and necessary truths --
Bishop Berkeley and the consequences of nominalism --
David Hume: Some consequences of British empiricism --
Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence --
Immanuel Kant and the foundational stance in psychology --
John Stuart Milles: a contemporary psychologist --
Charles Darwin: the Newton of biology --
Wilhelm Wundt: The founder of experimental psychology --
Franz Brentano: Intuition and the mental --
Sigmund Freud and the concept of mental health --
John B. Watson and the Behaviorists --
Some notes on the Gestalt Movement --
Extroduction.
Responsibility: John Macnamara.

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