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A History of Psychology

From Antiquity to Modernity, 8th Edition

By Thomas Hardy Leahey


542 pages | 39 B/W Illus.

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A History of Psychology places social, economic, and political forces of change alongside psychology’s internal theoretical and empirical arguments, illuminating how the external world has shaped psychology’s development, and, in turn, how the late twentieth century’s psychology has shaped society. Featuring extended treatment of important movements such as the Enlightenment and the Scientific Revolution, the textbook approaches the material from an integrative rather than wholly linear perspective. The text carefully examines how issues in psychology reflect and affect concepts that lie outside the field of psychology’s technical concerns as a science and profession.

This new edition features expanded attention on psychoanalysis after its founding as well as new developments in cognitive science, artificial intelligence, and behavioral economics. Throughout, the book strengthens its exploration of psychological ideas and the cultures in which they developed and reinforces the connections between psychology, modernism, and postmodernism. The textbook covers scientific, applied, and professional psychology, and is appropriate for higher-level undergraduate and graduate students.


'This edition provides an astute, critical, thematic history emphasizing epistemological and integrative perspectives in psychoanalysis, scientific, applied and professional psychology, modernism, postmodernism, behavioral economics, and embodied cognition. For anyone interested in the history of psychology, this is a must read.'Susan Gordon, Assistant Professor of Psychology, National University, USA

Table of Contents

Part I. Situating Psychology

Chapter 1. Introduction

Part II. The Pre-modern World

Chapter 2. The Legacy of Ancient Greece EEA – 323 BCE

Chapter 3. Antiquity: 323 BCE to 1000 CE

Chapter 4. End of the Premodern World 1000 c.e.–1600 c.e.

Part III. Constructing the Modern World

Chapter 5. The Scientific Revolution

Chapter 6. The Enlightenment 1700–1815

Chapter 7. The Ascent of Science 1815–1914

Part IV. Founding Psychology

Chapter 8. The Psychology of Consciousness

Chapter 9. The Psychology of the Unconscious

Chapter 10. The Psychology of Adaptation

Part V. Psychological Science in the Modern World

Chapter 11. Behaviorism 1892-1956

Chapter 12. Cognitive Science 1956–2016

Chapter 13. The Rise of Applied Psychology 1892–1939

Chapter 14. The Psychological Society 1940–2016

Concluding Thoughts

About the Author

Thomas Hardy Leahey is Professor Emeritus at Virginia Commonwealth University, USA. He has been President of the Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology and the Society for the History of Psychology. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and a Founding Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science.

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