© 1984

Annals of Theoretical Psychology

Volume 1

  • Joseph R. Royce
  • Leendert P. Mos

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Chapter 1

    1. Dalbir Bindra
      Pages 1-29
  3. Chapter 2

    1. Carl F. Graumann, Michael Sommer
      Pages 31-76
    2. Thomas K. Srull, Robert S. Wyer Jr
      Pages 77-84
    3. Arie W. Kruglanski
      Pages 85-93
    4. Kenneth J. Gergen
      Pages 95-100
    5. Carl F. Graumann, Michael Sommer
      Pages 101-110
  4. Chapter 3

    1. Mary Henle
      Pages 111-134
    2. Joseph F. Rychlak
      Pages 135-141
    3. Lisa Gaelick, Robert S. Wyer Jr.
      Pages 143-153
    4. Mary Henle
      Pages 155-159
  5. Chapter 4

    1. Gunnar Andersson, Gerard Radnitzky
      Pages 199-204
    2. William W. Rozeboom
      Pages 205-223
  6. Chapter 5

About this book


Some one hundred years ago the founding fathers optimistically launched psychology as a science. The premise was that the new science must break away from its parental ties to philosophy and confine itself to gathering data, preferably in the psychology laboratory. There is little doubt that this early commitment to an "observation and accumulation of data only" policy was helpful in the launching of the new science. Some idea of how critical this move to empiricism was can be gathered from the following quotation taken from Wolman (1973, p. 32): It was not an easy task to transform the old "mental philosophy" into a natural science. Natural science used observation and experimentation; they observed their subject matter, as it were, from without. Wundt's psychology was supposed to study observable stimuli and responses, but there was so much that was unobservable in psychology. Although the launching was eventually a success, there is little doubt that the high hopes of the founding fathers have not materialized.


Freud Freud, Sigmund experiment philosophy psychology science theoretical psychology

Editors and affiliations

  • Joseph R. Royce
    • 1
  • Leendert P. Mos
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Advanced Study in Theoretical PsychologyUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada

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