An epistemologically arrogant community of contending scholars: A pre-socratic perspective on the past, present, and future of the Pavlovian Society

  • John J. Furedy


The paper begins with a statement of the Society’s purpose and its pre-Socratic roots. The Society differs from other contemporary scientific and scientific-professional societies in that it is thoroughly apolitical, unusually open to discussion and debate, and has had a restricted scholarly written impact. I then suggest and interpret six phases in the Society’s history: (1) the pre-Socratic roots; (2) Pavlov and the young Gantt; (3) the Society’s Gantt score of years; (4) the Joe McGuigan decade; (5) the Stewart Wolf era; (6) reforming the Society. I conclude with the hope that even if the content of the Society’s interests changes, it will preserve the pre-Socratic approach against the various forms of intellectual barbarism that continue to arise.


Pre-Socratics disinterested discussion conflict of ideas contending scholars Pavlovian procedures 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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