Originally published in 1983, the purpose of this book was to discuss the relations between philosophy and developmental psychology, as those relations existed over the course of the history of the discipline and as they existed at that time. Although not all portions of developmental psychology are surveyed, major proponents of several key areas are represented (e.g. organismic developmental theory, stage theory, life-span-developmental psychology, and the ecological approach to development). In addition, discussion of many currently prominent issues are included (e.g. constancy and change in human development, the use of multivariate models and methods, the role of the context in individual development, and the use of developmental theory in public policy and political arenas). The diversity of approaches and of interests present in the book are representative of the breadth of theoretical and empirical interests found in developmental psychology at the time.
Foreword Virginia Sexton. Preface. Part 1: Introduction 1. The History of Philosophy and the Philosophy of History in Developmental Psychology: A View of the Issues Richard M. Lerner Part 2: Perspectives on History and Philosophy 2. Developmental Categories and the Premise of Connectivity Jerome Kagan 3. The Idea of Development in Developmental Psychology Sheldon H. White 4. Life-Span Developmental Psychology: Observations on History and Theory Revisited Paul B. Baltes 5. Pluralism and Correlational Analysis in Developmental Psychology: Historical Commonalities Roger A. Dixon and John R. Nesselroade 6. The Context of Development and the Development of Context Urie Bronfenbrenner 7. A Trio of Trials Bernard Kaplan Part 3: Commentary and Replies 8. A Reply to Kaplan Jerome Kagan 9. Developmental Psychology, Bewildered and Paranoid: A Reply to Kaplan Sheldon H. White 10. Rumours of Historiography Roger A. Dixon and John R. Nesselroade 11. Plato Out of Place and Time: A Rejoinder to Professor Kaplan Urie Bronfenbrenner Part 4: Conclusion 12. Some Dynamic and Subjective Features of the History of Developmental Psychology Richard M. Lerner. Author Index. Subject Index.
Originally published between 1928 and 1987, the volumes in this set provide an interesting look back at how psychology has developed as a discipline and some of the problems it has encountered along the way. It includes volumes focusing on the history of specific fields such as developmental and experimental psychology, as well as examining the roots of psychological theory as a whole and how it has informed many of the fields of psychology we know today.