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The Foundations of Psychological Theory

1st Edition

By Robert E. Lana


188 pages

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pub: 2020-02-13
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Over the previous decade, Robert E. Lana had attempted to understand the enterprise of psychology as a totality. Such an attempt was unpopular in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s but had become increasingly more popular to psychologists in the 1970s. After considerable study, he became convinced that the twin vehicles for such a task were the history of the field and the epistemological contexts into which psychological theories fit. Originally published in 1976, the initial chapters in this volume are devoted to explaining, through history, the major epistemological ideas either implicit or explicit in modern psychological theory. Later chapters are studies of the epistemological contexts that, in part, yield modern psychological theory.

Table of Contents

Preface. Introduction. 1. A Selective History of Psychological Thought from the Greeks to the Early Behaviorists 2. A Selective History of Social and Motivational Concepts in Psychology 3. Phenomenology and Psychology 4. Subject and Object Fused 5. The Nature of Data 6. Personality Theory 7. Social Theory 8. Developmental Theory 9. Physiological Theory 10. Values and Psychology. References. Author Index. Subject Index.

About the Author

Robert E. Lana

About the Series

Psychology Library Editions: History of Psychology

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.

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