Wundt and the Philosophical Foundations of Psychology

A Reappraisal

Authors: Araujo, Saulo de Freitas

  • ​Systematically presents the philosophical foundations of and provides a context for Wilhelm Wundt’s psychology, ranging from his early academic years to the time of his death
  • Addresses the role of philosophy in the development of Wundt’s project of a scientific psychology
  • Provides a rigorous treatment of primary sources and reviews methodological questions
  • Challenges traditional interpretations of Wundt's psychology​ 
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This book reassesses the seminal work of Wilhelm Wundt by discussing the history and philosophy of psychology. It traces the pioneering theorist’s intellectual development and the evolution of psychology throughout his career. The author draws on little-known sources to situate psychological concepts in Wundt’s philosophical thought and address common myths and misconceptions relating to Wundt’s ideas. The ideas presented in this book show why Wundt’s work remains relevant in this era of ongoing mind/brain debate and interest continues in the links between psychology and philosophy.

Featured topics include:

  • Theoretical and philosophical foundations of Wundt’s early work in scientific psychology.
  • Wundt’s conception of scientific philosophy in relation to his theory of knowledge.
  • The epistemological dimensions of Wundt’s final project in scientific psychology.

Wundt and the Philosophical Foundations of Psychology is a valuable resource for researchers, professors, and graduate students in cognitive and related psychology and philosophy disciplines.

About the authors

Saulo de Freitas Araujo, Ph.D., is Professor for the History and Philosophy of Psychology at the Federal University of Juiz de Fora (Brazil), Department of Psychology. He is also director of the Wilhelm Wundt Center for the History and Philosophy of Psychology at the same institution. His research is primarily concerned with the history and philosophy of scientific psychology. He has published, among others, “Psychology and Neuroscience: An Evaluation of Contemporary Materialism” (2011), “History and Philosophy of Psychology: Contemporary Perspectives” (2012), and “Echoes of the Past: Studies in the History and Philosophy of Psychology” (2013). His work on Wundt has been awarded the 2013 Early Career Award from the American Psychological Association (Division 26).

Reviews

“Wundt and the Philosophical Foundations of Psychology is the most internalist history that I have ever read, not just in the history of psychology but also in the history of science. … For Wundt scholars, it’s required reading. For historians of early psychology, it’s useful … .” (Thomas Hardy Leahey, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 61 (26), June, 2016)


“Saulo Araujo, in his story of Wundt’s philosophy and psychology, is as remarkable for the breadth and depth of his scholarship as he is for the clarity of his writing.” (Rand B. Evans, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, East Carolina University)

“Saulo Araujo raises Wundt scholarship to a new level. This book is the splendid result of intensive studies of the entire Wundt oeuvre. Araujo proves that Wundt is not just a famous, though unread, predecessor of present psychology, but its founder and a deep thinker with a clear message for the current debates in psychology and its philosophical foundations.” (Horst Gundlach, Heidelberg, Germany)

“A milestone, this book serves to establish an advanced level in Wundt Studies. Araujo presents a reconstruction of Wundt’s epistemology and philosophy of psychology and corrects misunderstandings in the reception of Wundt’s essential thoughts.” (Jochen Fahrenberg, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, University of Freiburg)

“Araujo, steeped in the history of German philosophy, has come forward to help modern readers understand the actual context of Wundt’s work, and thus put his contributions to modern psychology into fuller perspective.” (Prof. David K. Robinson, History, Truman State University)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Freitas Araujo, Saulo

    Pages 1-20

  • The Logical Mind: Wundt’s Early Psychological Project

    Freitas Araujo, Saulo

    Pages 21-79

  • The Grundzüge and the Abandonment of the Unconscious

    Freitas Araujo, Saulo

    Pages 81-124

  • Wundt’s Idea of a Scientific Philosophy

    Freitas Araujo, Saulo

    Pages 125-166

  • Wundt’s Mature Project of a Scientific Psychology

    Freitas Araujo, Saulo

    Pages 167-208

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  • ISBN 978-3-319-26636-7
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  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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Hardcover $129.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-26634-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Wundt and the Philosophical Foundations of Psychology
Book Subtitle
A Reappraisal
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-26636-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-26636-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-26634-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 254
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