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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.
Chapter Seven: Contemporary “Nomotheticism” in Critical Perspective
Contemporary “Nomotheticism” in Critical Perspective
Some 65 years have now passed since Gordon Allport sought to highlight the importance in a psychology of personality of the epistemic distinction that the German philosopher Wilhelm Windelband had termed nomothetic and idiographic in 1894 (Allport, 1937a). The controversy Allport thereby touched off was discussed in Chapter Four. There, it was seen that at virtually every turn, debate has led to an emphatic rejection by the majority within the mainstream of calls for a “more idiographic” psychology of personality and to an equally decisive affirmation of the appropriateness of, indeed necessity for, a “strictly nomothetic” pursuit of the discipline's scientific objectives. Most centrally, this endeavor would entail systematic, statistical studies of individual and group differences. ...