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ISBN-13 9780205835676ISBN-10 0205835678
ISBN-10 0132438496ISBN-13 9780132438490
Author(s): Thomas Hardy Leahey
Publisher: Pearson
Copyright year: © 2013 Pages: 576

A History of Psychology: From Antiquity to Modernity provides a narrative history of psychology from the development of folk psychology as the key adaptation of humans at the dawn of history through the Classical, medieval, and early modern periods to present day psychology, including scientific, applied, and professional psychology.  Unlike other texts, this book takes a largely externalist perspective on psychology’s history.  Although theoretical and empirical arguments inside psychology about the nature of mind and behavior are not neglected, A History of Psychology shows how psychology’s development has been shaped by social, economic, and political forces external to it, and, in turn, how the mature psychology of the late twentieth century has begun to shape the society in which it arose.  It is a critical history, not in the sense of criticizing psychology, but in the sense of carefully examining how concepts and issues in psychology are not merely scientific ones, but reflect and affect concepts and ideas that lie outside the technical concerns of psychology as a science and as a profession.  The critical, externalist perspective is enhanced by imagining a Martian anthropologist who chooses to study psychology as a science and social institution, and who periodically interrupts the text with blogs (text boxes) commenting on psychology from a very outside perspective.  A blog website will be established when the book is published to continue these comments in a dialogue with students and others who take an interest in the history and nature of psychology.

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