the summer of 2012, I taught History and Systems at Argosy University
Chicago. I have taught a combined undergraduate/graduate course in History of Psychology at California State University, Fullerton,
where the focus of the course was much more on late 19th and 20th
century psychology (with a few weeks spent on psychology from Ancient
Greece to Wilhelm Wundt). The course at Argosy focused more on
philosophical and theoretical issued with which psychologically minded
individuals have perennially, especially relating to philosophy science
and psychology. Additionally, because of my passion for statistics, I
included a section on measurement and what has constituted measurement
over time (though time did not allow for coverage in class).
SyllabusYou might also be interested in looking at Will Grove's Philosophical Psychology syllabus, or the videos of Paul Meehl teaching this course available here.
I make no claims that this class is at all like Meehl's...I estimate
Grove has about 30 IQ points on me and he claims Meehl had about 30 IQ
points on him, so I couldn't possibly do it justice. However, I have
learned an awful lot from reading many of the items on the syllabus and
watching many of the videos, and hope that you will, too. Much of my
thinking in this history and systems class is informed by that
- TRADITIONAL HISTORY OF PSYCHOLOGY TOPICS
- Introduction, and Why Study Philosophy of Science?
- Rychlak, J. F. (2000). A psychotherapist’s lessons from the philosophy of science. American Psychologist, 55(10), 1126-1132 (pdf)
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- Gontovnick, H. (2007). Previews of a paradigm shift in psychotherapy: An interview with Alvin Mahrer. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, 37, 103-109. (pdf).
- Problems In and With Philosophy of Science
- Kuhn, T. (1970). The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, (2nd ed.). Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Chapter 2 (pdf). Full text here.
- Lightman, A., & Gingerich, O. (1991). When do anomalies begin? Science, 255, 690-695. (pdf)
- Stolorow, R., & Atwood, G. (1979). Faces In A Cloud: Subjectivity In Personality Theory. New York: Jason Aronson. Chapter 1 (pdf)
- Wolff, L. (1988). Postcards from the End of the World: Child Abuse in Freud’s Vienna. New York: Atheneum. Introduction (pdf)
- O'Donohue, W. (1993). The spell of Kuhn on psychology: An exegetical elixer. Philosophical Psychology, 6(3), 267-288. (pdf)
- Coleman, S. R., & Salamon, R. (1988). Kuhn's Structure of Scientific Revolutions
in the psychological journal literature, 1969-1983: A Descriptive Study. Journal of Mind and Behavior, 9(4), 415-446. (pdf).
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- Rees, M. C. (2012). The Structure of Scientific Revolutions at fifty. 37, 71-86. (pdf).
- Popper, K. R. (1968). A survey of some fundamental problems. In Logic of Scientific Discoveries (Ch. 1, pp. 27-34). New York: Basic Books, Inc. (pdf)
- Lakatos, I. (1968-1969). Criticism and the methodology of scientific research programmes. Proceedings of the Aristotlian Society, New Series. 69, 149-186. (pdf).
- Feyerabend, P. (1975). How to defend society against science. Radical Philosophy, 11. (link)
- Classical Origins and the Beginning of Questions about Truth/Reality
- Arendt, H. (1971). (pdf)
- Plato -- The Republic. Book VI. (pdf)
- Artistotle -- De Anima. (Links to Book 1 & Book 2)
- Dostoevsky. The Grand Inquisitor. (The Brothers Karamazov - Chapter 5: link)
- Functionalism and American Pragmatism
- Wundt, Wilhelm. 1897/1902. Excerpt from "Outlines of Psychology."
- Section 1 - Problems of Psychology (link)
- Section 3 - Methods of Psychology (link)
- William James . 1892. "The Stream of Consciousness." Excerpts from "Psychology". (link)
- John Dewey. 1896. "The Reflex Arc Concept in Psychology." (link)
- The Unconscious and Psychoanalysis
- Ricoeur (1977). The Question of proof in Freud's psychoanalytic writings (pdf)
- Ellenberger, Henri F. 1981. The Discovery of the Unconscious. New York: Basic Books. (pp. 489-500) (pdf)
- Shevrin, H. & Dickman, S. 1980. The psychological unconscious: A necessary assumption for all psychological theory? American Psychologist, 35(5), 421-434. (pdf)
- Williams, L. M. (1994). Recall of childhood trauma: A prospective study of women’s memories of child sex abuse. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 62 (6), 1167-1176. (pdf)
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- Dualism and the Mind/Body Problem, The Self, and The Creation of Consciousness
- Descartes. Meditations (see text) (full text)
- Hume. Personal Identity (see text)
- Berkeley. Subjective Idealism (see text)
- Parfit “Divided Minds and the‘Bundle’ Theory of Self (see text)
- Frondizi “Dynamic Unity of the Self” (see text)
- Zohar, D. (1990). The Quantum Self. New York: Morrow (Chapter 7). (pdf)
- M. Weston (2002). Kierkegaard and the origins of the post–modern self. European Journal of Philosophy, 10(3), 398-412. (pdf)
- Kendler, K. S. (2005). Toward a philosophical structure of psychiatry. American Journal of Psychiatry, 162(3), 433-440. (pdf)
- Behaviorism, Free Will, and Determinism
- Skinner, B.F. (1990). Can psychology be a science of mind? American Psychologist, 45 (11), 1206-1211. (pdf)
- Skinner, B. F.(1963). Behaviorism at 50. Science. 140. 951-958.(pdf)
- Ledoux, S. F. (2012). Behaviorism at 100. American Scientist, 100(1), 60-65. (pdf)
- Chomsky, N. (1968). Linguistic contributions to the study of mind. In Language and Mind. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc. (link)
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- Gruba-McCallister, F. P. (1991). Behaviorism and existentialism revisited: Further reflections. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 31(1), 75-85. (pdf)
- The Enlightenment, Utilitarianism, Human Nature, and the Concept of the Person
- Rychlak, J. F.
1969. Lockean vs. Kantian modern self in the Theoretical Models and the
‘Cause’ of post-modern therapeutic change. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice. 6(4), 214-222. (pdf)
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- Shoda, Y., &
Mischel, W. (1998). Personality as a stable cognitive-affective
activation network: Characteristic patterns of behavior variation emerge
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Smith, R. E. (2004). Conceptualizing personality as a
cognitive-affective processing system: A framework for models of
maladaptive behavior patterns and change. Behavior Therapy, 35(1),
- Sankey, D. (2007). Minds, Brains, and Difference in Personal Understandings. Educational Philosophy & Theory, 39(5), 543-558. (pdf)
- Gestalt Psychology, Consciousness, and the problem of the present
- Köhler, W. (1959). Gestalt psychology today. American Psychologist, 14, 727-734.(pdf)
- Searle, J. R. (1980). Minds, brains, and programs. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 3(3), 414-457. (pdf)
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- Epistemology and ways of knowing in clinical psychology
- Baker, T.,
McFall, R.M., & Shoham, V. (2008). Current Status and Future
Prospects of Clinical Psychology: Toward a Scientifically Principled
Approach to Mental and Behavioral Health Care. Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 9(2), 67-103. (pdf)
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Anestis, J. C., & Liliendfeld, S. O. (2011). When it comes to
evaluating psychodynamic therapy, the devil is in the details. American Psychologist, 66(2), 149-151. (pdf)
- Lilienfeld, S.O. (2007). Psychological treatments that cause harm. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 2, 53-70. (pdf)
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& Tooby, J. (1999). Toward an evolutionary taxonomy of treatable
conditions. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 108 (3), 453-464. (pdf)
- Humanism, Existentialism, Phenomenology, The Problems of Evil & Suffering, and Ethics
- Jennings, J.
(1986). Husserl revisited: The forgotten distinction between psychology
and phenomenology. American Psychologist, 41, 1231-1240. (pdf)
- Rogers, C. (1982). Notes on Rollo May. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 22(3), 1-9. (pdf).
- May, R. (1982). The problem of evil: An open letter to Carl Rogers. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 22(3), 10-21. (pdf)
- Walker, J.(
2000). Choosing biases, using power and practicing resistance: Moral
development in a world without certainty. Human Development, 43(3),
- Spiritual, Religious and Secular: Ways of Interpreting Meaning
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- Marx & Engels “Critique of Religion” (see text). Also, see works of Marx here.
- AC. Ewing Proofs of God’s Existence, (see text) (pdf of full article)
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& Thoresen C. E. (1999). Spirituality and health. In W. R. Miller
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- Postmodernism and Anti-Postmodernism
- Faulconer, J.,
& Williams, R. (1985). Temporality in Human Action: An alternative
to positivism and historicism. American Psychologist, 40, 1179- 88. (pdf)
- Martin, J. &
Sugarman, J. (2000). Between the modern and the postmodern: The
possibility of self and progressive understanding in psychology.
American Psychologist, 55(4), 397-406. (pdf)
- Smith, M. B.
(1994). Selfhood at risk: Postmodern perils and the perils of
postmodernism. American Psychologist, 49(5), 405-411. (pdf)
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& Weill, R. (1997). Cognitive psychotherapy and postmodernism:
Emerging themes and challenges. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy,
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- SPECIAL TOPICS IN HISTORY OF PSYCHOLOGY
- History of Statistics in Psychology
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foundations of exploratory factor analysis. Multivariate Behavioral
Research, 22, 267-305. (pdf)
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- Psychometrics and Psychology
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- Borsboom's response to commentaries
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I also found this series, A History of Psychology in Autobiography, to be very interesting. I also have hard copies of the series, A History of Clinical Psychology in Autobiography, which has two volumes.
- Volume I - Carl Murchison (Ed.), 1930
- Volume II - Carl Murchison (Ed.), 1932
- Volume III - Carl Murchison (Ed.), 1936
- Volume IV - Edwin G. Boring, Heinz Werber, Herbert S. Langfeld, & Robert M. Yerkes (Eds.), 1952
- Volume V - Edwin G. Boring (Ed.), 1967
- Volume VI - Gardner Lindzey (Ed.), 1974
- Volume VII - Gardner Lindzey (Ed.), 1980
- Volume VIII - Gardner Lindzey (Ed.), 1989
- Volume IX - Gardner Lindzey & William M. Runyan (Eds.), 2007
I also have hard copies of the series, A History of Clinical Psychology in Autobiography, which has two volumes.
- Springer Publications - Leendert P. Moss (Ed.), 2009
- Volume I - C. Eugene Walker (Ed.), (1991)
- Albert Ellis
- Hans J. Eysenck
- Sol L. Garfield
- Molly Harrower
- Margaret Ives
- Alan O. Ross
- Edwin Schneidman
- Hans H. Strupp
- Volume II - C. Eugene Walker (Ed.), (1993)
- Theodora M. Abel
- Anne Anastasi
- Luise Bates Ames
- Raymond B. Cattell
- W. Grant Dahlstrom
- Robert R. Hold
- John Money
- Julian B. Rotter
- Also, see these volumes of The Teaching of Psychology in Autobiography.