The Purpose of Purpose
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.
Keywords100 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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