The Purpose of Purpose

  • Jaan ValsinerEmail author
Part of the Cultural Psychology of Education book series (CPED, volume 2)


All human conduct is purposive and dynamically regulated. In psychology the notion of purpose has been rejected as a notion that might bring religious moments into psychology. In biology the acceptance of purposefulness becomes inevitable as the new genetic science concentrates on the pre-adaptation of the genome to the expected possible future environments. William McDougall’s hormic psychology of the beginning decades of the 20th century is worth re-visiting in search of new models of purposiveness.


100 Hormic psychology Jerome S Bruner William McDougall Purpose 



The writing of this chapter was made possible by the Niels Bohr Professorship grant of Danske Grundforskningsfond.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Aalborg UniversityAalborgDenmark

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