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The Philosophical Background and Scientific Legacy of E. B. Titchener's Psychology

Understanding Introspectionism

Authors: Beenfeldt, Christian

  • Offers a new perspective on Titchener’s psychology and the early history of modern psychology
  • Highlights the connections between Titchener and important empiricist thinkers in early modern philosophy such as Hobbes, Locke, Hume, Hartley, James Mill and John Stuart Mill
  • Provides unique views on the relationship between introspectionism, introspection, and analysis in psychology
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​This volume offers a new understanding of Titchener’s influential system of psychology popularly known as introspectionism, structuralism and as classical introspective psychology. Adopting a new perspective on introspectionism and seeking to assess the reasons behind its famous implosion, this book reopens and rewrites the chapter in the history of early scientific psychology pertaining to the nature of E. B. Titchener’s psychological system.  

Arguing against the view that Titchener’s system was undone by an overreliance on introspection, the author explains how this idea was first introduced by the early behaviorists in order to advance their own theoretical agenda. Instead, the author argues that the major philosophical flaw of introspectionism was its utter reliance on key theoretical assumptions inherited from the intellectual tradition of British associationism—assumptions that were upheld in defiance of introspection, not because of introspection.  

The book is divided into three parts. In Part I, British associationism is examined thoroughly. The author here discusses the psychology of influential empiricist philosophers such as Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, David Hume, David Hartley, James Mill, and John Stuart Mill. In Part II of the book, Titchener’s introspectionist system of psychology is examined and analyzed. In Part III, the author argues that Titchener’s psychology should be understood as a form of associationism and explains how analysis, not introspection, was central to introspectionism. 

About the authors

Dr. Christian Beenfeldt is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. He holds a DPhil (Doctor of Philosophy) degree in Philosophy from the University of Oxford. Dr. Beenfeldt is the author of numerous research articles. He has previously written about topics in the philosophy of mind, the history of philosophy, and the history of psychology. In addition to his published work, Dr. Beenfeldt has delivered lectures and presentations on intropectionism at numerous academic conferences and events. Author’s website: http://www.beenfeldt.org

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Early British Associationism

    Beenfeldt, Christian

    Pages 3-13

  • Mature British Associationism

    Beenfeldt, Christian

    Pages 15-23

  • Wundt and Titchener

    Beenfeldt, Christian

    Pages 27-31

  • Titchener’s System of Psychology

    Beenfeldt, Christian

    Pages 33-44

  • The Decline and Fall of Introspectionism

    Beenfeldt, Christian

    Pages 47-57

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Softcover $49.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Philosophical Background and Scientific Legacy of E. B. Titchener's Psychology
Book Subtitle
Understanding Introspectionism
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Philosophy
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-00242-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-00242-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-00241-5
Series ISSN
2211-4548
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 74
Topics