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Beyond Individual and Group Differences: Human Individuality, Scientific Psychology, and William Stern's Critical Personalism examines the history of psychology’s effort to come to terms with human individuality, from the time of Wundt to present day. With a primary emphasis on the contributions of German psychologist William Stern, this book generates a wider appreciation for Stern’s perspective on human individuality and for the proper place of personalitic thinking within scientific psychology. The author presents an alternative approach to the logical positivism that permeates traditional psychological thought and methodology making this an innovative, ground-breaking work.   Beyond Individual and Group Differences is a dynamic book for academics and scholars in the areas of personality psychology, individual differences, and the history of psychology.

Some Models of Personalistic Inquiry in Contemporary Psychology
Some models of personalistic inquiry in contemporary psychology

On first consideration, the present effort toward reviving Stern's personalistic outlook on human individuality will perhaps strike many readers as both anachronistic and impractical. After all, critical personalism as a system of thought has been in place since early in the 20th century, and if for no other reason than the clear affinity between Stern's thinking and the romantic idealism so prominent in 19th-century German philosophy, many will find his perspective hopelessly out of step with modern, and even “postmodern,” sensibilities. Beyond this, and quite apart from critical personalism per se, the argument for reinstituting some variant of the original Wundtian approach to empirical investigation—meaning that theoretical questions about individual ...

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