By Christian Beenfeldt
This quantity deals a brand new figuring out of Titchener’s influential method of psychology popularly referred to as introspectionism, structuralism and as classical introspective psychology. Adopting a brand new standpoint on introspectionism and looking to examine the explanations in the back of its well-known implosion, this ebook reopens and rewrites the bankruptcy within the heritage of early medical psychology concerning the character of E. B. Titchener’s mental procedure.
Arguing opposed to the view that Titchener’s approach used to be undone by means of an overreliance on introspection, the writer explains how this concept used to be first brought by way of the early behaviorists which will enhance their very own theoretical agenda. Instead, the writer argues that the key philosophical flaw of introspectionism used to be its utter reliance on key theoretical assumptions inherited from the highbrow culture of British associationism―assumptions that have been upheld in defiance of introspection, now not as a result of introspection.
The publication is split into 3 elements. partly I, British associationism is tested completely. the writer right here discusses the psychology of influential empiricist philosophers reminiscent of Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, David Hume, David Hartley, James Mill, and John Stuart Mill. partially II of the ebook, Titchener’s introspectionist procedure of psychology is tested and analyzed. partially III, the writer argues that Titchener’s psychology might be understood as a kind of associationism and explains how research, now not introspection, used to be critical to introspectionism.