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A Critical History and Philosophy of Psychology
Diversity of Context, Thought, and Practice

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  • Date Published: May 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521691260

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  • In line with the British Psychological Society's recent recommendations for teaching the history of psychology, this comprehensive undergraduate textbook emphasizes the philosophical, cultural and social elements that influenced psychology's development. The authors demonstrate that psychology is both a human (i.e. psychoanalytic or phenomenological) and natural (i.e. cognitive) science, exploring broad social-historical and philosophical themes such as the role of diverse cultures and women in psychology, and the complex relationship between objectivity and subjectivity in the development of psychological knowledge. The result is a fresh and balanced perspective on what has traditionally been viewed as the collected achievements of a few 'great men'. With a variety of learning features, including case studies, study questions, thought experiments and a glossary, this new textbook encourages students to critically engage with chapter material and analyze themes and topics within a social, historical and philosophical framework.

    • The only textbook to take a critical view of the traditional Western perspective of psychology as a natural science
    • Combines the perspectives of human and natural science, taking a multicultural approach and placing more emphasis on the achievements of women
    • Integrates psychology with philosophy, which is consistent with the recent recommendations from the British Psychological Society regarding history of psychology courses
    • A variety of pedagogical features (including chapter outlines and summaries, case studies, glossaries, thought experiments and discussion points) supports student learning
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "A much-needed text whose extraordinary depth and breadth of perspective skilfully invites thought on the part of the reader."
    Kurt Danziger, Professor Emeritus, York University, Canada

    "Teachers who are drawn to the History of Psychology course because they seek alternatives to the research consensus of the day will relish this text and its critical history and philosophy perspective. The authors encourage students to ask 'what is history?', 'what is psychology?' and 'what is science?'. The answers they find are complex, but the authors gently and authoritatively guide their readers along. The result will be students who know more than dates, names, and a progression of theories."
    Ben Harris, University of New Hampshire

    "This marks a qualitative shift in the nature of textbooks in this field and will perhaps finally succeed in establishing how essential it is for students of psychology. The authors have done a brilliant, wide-ranging job in covering the crucial historical and philosophical issues in an original - and dare one say, learned - way."
    Graham Richards, Professor of History of Psychology, Staffordshire University (retired)

    "The organization of the text is refreshing … This is a book that everyone who teaches the history of psychology should read."

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521691260
    • length: 728 pages
    • dimensions: 245 x 189 x 31 mm
    • weight: 1.54kg
    • contains: 24 b/w illus. 5 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introducing the history and philosophy of psychology
    2. Ancient and premodern psychological thought
    3. Early modern psychological thought
    4. The philosophical and scientific climate in the nineteenth century
    5. Early natural-science psychology
    6. Natural-science psychology between the world wars
    7. Natural-science psychology after World War II
    8. Applied and professional psychology
    9. Human-science psychologies: psychoanalysis
    10. Human-science psychologies: hermeneutic to transpersonal
    11. Constructing psychological research
    12. Critical philosophical and historical reflections.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • History of Psychology
  • Authors

    Richard T. G. Walsh, Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario
    Richard T. G. Walsh is Professor of Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University.

    Thomas Teo, York University, Toronto
    Thomas Teo is a Professor of Psychology at York University, Toronto.

    Angelina Baydala, University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
    Dr Angelina Baydala is an Adjunct Professor of Clinical Psychology and a registered clinical psychologist in private practice in Edmonton, Alberta.

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