The Transformation of Psychology: Influences of 19th-Century Philosophy, Technology, and Natural Science
At the end of the 18th century, leading minds of the age believed that psychology was inherently constrained from rising to the level of a natural science. By the beginning of the 20th century, scientific psychology was pervasive. How did this change occur so quickly? The Transformation of Psychology: Influences of 19th-Century Philosophy, Technology, and Natural Science reveals some of the intellectual, social, technological, and institutional currents and practices that were commonplace during the 19th century that fostered a radical reappraisal of the scientific possibilities for psychology.
Whereas the "standard" historical narrative focuses on Fechner's psychophysics, Helmholtz's physiology, and Wundt's physiological psychology, this volume explores a collection of diverse areas of study that attempted to render psychology scientific. Readers will encounter many fascinating currents of thought, from eugenics and mathematical beauty to prognosticators and phrenologists in this rich and insightful book.