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Introduction

  • Chiara Russo KraussEmail author
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Abstract

Russo Krauss summarizes the role played by Wilhelm Wundt in 19th-century scientific psychology, as well as the state of research on this subject. The centennial of the foundation of the laboratory for experimental psychology in Leipzig revitalized the research on Wundt. Edwin Boring and Kurt Danziger retraced the so-called “positivist repudiation of Wundt” by his former pupils—Hermann Ebbinghaus, Oswald Külpe, Edward B. Titchener—that were influenced by the empiriocriticists Ernst Mach and Richard Avenarius. Russo Krauss aims at showing that, since Avenarius was and still is wrongly considered just a pale copy of Mach, his peculiar part in the “repudiation of Wundt” and in the debate on the foundation of psychology has not yet been investigated.

Keywords

Scientific psychology Philosophy of psychology History of psychology Empiriocriticism Positivist philosophy 

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  1. 1.University of Naples Federico IINaplesItaly

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