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It is important for every student of psychology, wherever they might be in the world, to understand the classic scholars, the classic studies, and the subsequent generations of people and ideas that have come to define the broad discipline that is ‘psychology’. This book achieves this in the most accessible and engaging manner possible. Rom Harré presents a unique textbook orientation, combining the biopic with the significance of the major protagonists of the last century, organized by @#x2018;schools of thought’, yet with cross-references throughout the text.

Introduction: A Sketch of Some Historical Trends
Introduction: A sketch of some historical trends

At the beginning of the 20th century the long standing presumption that an adequate understanding of how and why people behaved the way they did could be picked up from studies such as the law, the Greek and Roman classics, philosophy and, more informally, literature and the theatre, was being seriously challenged. Alongside the laboratories for studying chemical, physical and biological phenomena, there would be places dedicated to the investigation of psychological phenomena, in more or less the same way as the phenomena that comprised the domain of the natural sciences were being investigated. The vast resources of existing knowledge of the patterns of human thought and feeling were not to be ...

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