Centrality of History for Theory Construction in Psychology

  • Sven Hroar Klempe
  • Roger Smith

Part of the Annals of Theoretical Psychology book series (AOTP, volume 14)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Theory and Practice

  3. History at Work

  4. Commentary

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 227-227
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 241-248

About this book


This book offers a comprehensive overview of the purpose of history for psychology. Its purpose is to ask why history should be of concern to psychologists in teaching and research, and in theory and in practice. The future position of humanities subjects is currently highly debated on all fronts. Chapters focus on the arguments from psychologists, upgrade the precision and quality of discussion, and thus, provide a base for affirming the place of history of psychology in the broad field of psychological activity.

A fundamental question dominates the discussion. Is the purpose of the history of psychology to serve current psychology, rather than to contribute to historical knowledge – and to enter large debates about what historical knowledge means for being human? If the answer is yes, as most psychologists who come to the issues will presume, in what ways? Are these ways philosophically grounded, or do the social and political conditions of power and funding in universities dominate the arguments? In this volume, the contributors demonstrate the relation between historical investigations and current practice.

Featured topics include:

  • The history of psychology and its relation to feminism.
  • The history of psychology and its relation to current research assessment and curriculum.
  • The history of science and its relation to psychology.
  • The metalanguage for psychology.
  • Case studies of history in theory construction.

Centrality of History for Theory Construction in Psychology will be of interest to psychologists, professors, graduate psychology students, and scholars in the human sciences.


Psychology History of psychology History of science Historical psychology Cultural psychology Indigenous psychology Psychology and the Humanities Variables in psychology Teaching history of psychology Research assessment in psychology Feminism and psychology Work psychology in Finland Frederic Bartlett Early German psychology Subjectivity in psychology Historical knowledge

Editors and affiliations

  • Sven Hroar Klempe
    • 1
  • Roger Smith
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyNorwegian University of Science and TechnologyTrondheimNorway
  2. 2.Institute of PhilosophyMoscowRussia

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