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The mind of the nation : Völkerpsychologie in Germany, 1851-1955

Author: Egbert Klautke
Publisher: New York : Berghahn, 2013. ©2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Volkerpsychologie played an important role in establishing the social sciences, in Germany and abroad, via the works of such scholars as Georg Simmel, Emile Durkheim, Ernest Renan, Franz Boas, and Werner Sombart. In Germany, the intellectual history of "folk psychology" in Germany was represented by Moritz Lazarus, Heymann Steinthal, Wilhelm Wundt and Willy Hellpach. This book follows the invention of the discipline  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Egbert Klautke
ISBN: 9781782380191 1782380191 1782380205 9781782380207
OCLC Number: 822668099
Description: 188 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Ch. 1 Lazarus, Steinthal and the Invention of Folk Psychology --
Biographical Background --
Folk as Will and Representation --
Volkerpsychologie, Anti-Semitism and the Ethics of Judaism --
Reception and Impact of Volkerpsychologie --
Liberal Social Science --
ch. 2 Wilhelm Wundt's Folk Psychology --
Liberal Mandarin --
Volkerpsychologie as the Developmental History of Mankind --
Reception and Appropriation of Wundt's Volkerpsychologie --
First World War and the Philosophy of Nations --
Demise of Academic Volkerpsychologie --
Wundt's Legacy --
ch. 3 Willy Hellpach and the Resurrection of Folk Psychology --
Between Psychology and Politics --
From Physiognomy to Volkerpsychologie --
Hellpach after the Downfall.
Responsibility: Egbert Klautke.


This book follows the invention of the discipline in the nineteenth century, its rise around the turn of the century, and its ultimate demise after the Second World War. In addition, it shows that  Read more...


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