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October 2021

Philosophy of psychology at the turn of the century

Journal/Book: Amer Psychol. 2000; 55: 750 First St NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242, USA. Amer Psychological Assoc. 1018-1021.

Abstract: The philosophy of psychology at the turn of the century was an amalgam of perspectives and commitments-experimental science, Darwinian theory, positivism-forged partly out of achievements in experimental science and partly in response to transcendentalist (Hegelian) challenges. The amalgam itself appeared as an early version of the positivism that became developed and dominant early in the 20th century. For many psychologists at the turn of the century, experimental science, as practiced chiefly in physics and chemistry, was tantamount to a philosophy of science and one stripped of what were? taken to be distracting and useless metaphysical quibbles. The assets and liabilities of this allegiance were recognized even as it was forming.

Note: Article Robinson DN, Georgetown Univ, Dept Psychol, Washington,DC 20057 USA

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