Thinking About Thinking
Studies in the Background of some Psychological Approaches
Originally published in 1965, this title is a series of exploratory essays on approaches to thinking. The central topic is the relation of processes of an associative kind (sometimes irrational, in so far as they are not enmeshed with a world of shared experience) to those involving some degree of reference to a common world and hence forming the basis of constructive, critical and logical thought.
This theme ran through a good deal of psychological controversy at the time. It is a very old theme that had been dealt with many times and in many ways in the course of its history. One might have chosen to discuss approaches to it other than those considered in the present volume. These, however, were selected for their bearing on one another, and because they formed an interesting part of the background to contemporary psychological theory of the time.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements 1. Introduction 2. John Locke’s Empiricism and its Rationality 3. Spinoza’s Treatment of Thinking in Relation to Modern Approaches 4. Unconscious Thinking in its Historical Setting 5. Some Aspects of Freud’s Approach to Thinking 6. Intelligence and Thinking: I. Galton’s Contribution 7. Intelligence and Thinking: II. Alfred Binet’s Approach 8. Intelligence and Thinking: III. Some Other Views 9. Insight and Mediation 10. Concepts and Recognition 11. Language, Exploration and Interaction. Index.