Originally published in 1987, The Shaping of Modern Psychology presents a systematic survey of the development of psychology from the dawn of civilization to the late 1980s. Psychology as we find it today has been shaped by many influences, philosophical, theological, scientific, medical and sociological. It has deep roots in the whole history of human thought, and its significance cannot be properly appreciated without an understanding of the way it has developed.
This book covers the history of modern psychology from its animistic beginnings, through the Greek philosophers and the Christian theologians, and developments such as the Scientific Revolution, to the time of first publication. The author drew on many years’ teaching experience in the subject and on a lifetime’s interest in psychology.
The growth of psychology had been particularly impressive during the twentieth century and Professor Hearnshaw also looked to the future of the discipline. He showed that the new vistas opening out in fields such as neuropsychology, information theory and artificial intelligence, for example, were hopeful indications for the future, provided the lessons of the past were not forgotten. With the benefit of hindsight, we now know that he was right!
Table of Contents
Preface. 1. Introduction 2. Animistic Beginnings 3. Greek Philosophers 4. Christian Theologians 5. The Scientific Revolution 6. The Philosophical Renaissance 7. Eighteenth Century Developments 8. The Impact of Life Sciences on Psychology 9. The Beginnings of Scientific Psychology 10. Medical Influences 11. The Social Dimension 12. Application, Specialization and Fragmentation 13. Philosophical Critiques 14. New Vistas I 15. New Vistas II 16. Metapsychology. Notes. Bibliography. Name Index. Subject Index.
L. S. Hearnshaw