The Norton History of the Human Sciences

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Roger Smith's book charts the origins, growth, and consolidation of sociology, linguistics, economics, anthropology, and especially psychology - those areas of study that today have come to be known as the human sciences - and assesses their changing contributions to our understanding of human behavior from the Renaissance to the present day. The book explores the influence of the architects of modern Western ideas about human nature: thinkers as diverse as Locke, Descartes, Montesquieu, Marx, Darwin, and Freud. ...
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Roger Smith's book charts the origins, growth, and consolidation of sociology, linguistics, economics, anthropology, and especially psychology - those areas of study that today have come to be known as the human sciences - and assesses their changing contributions to our understanding of human behavior from the Renaissance to the present day. The book explores the influence of the architects of modern Western ideas about human nature: thinkers as diverse as Locke, Descartes, Montesquieu, Marx, Darwin, and Freud. It also examines the emergence of questions central to understanding the West's reaction to the onset of modernity: the effects of colonialism on Western thought; the construction of the nationstate; the interaction of the new sciences of the person and jurisprudence; the historical origins of ideas about sex and gender; the emergence of an introspective language about the self; and humanity's response to new technologies.

The fifth volume in the Norton History of Science series, The Human Sciences, documents "what it is to be human" as conceived by Western society since it rediscovered the Greeks in the 16th century. British scientific and intellectual historian Roger Smith (Inhibition) proceeds chronologically, beginning with that century's division of mind from body, through Locke's revolutionary idea of human progress and Rousseau's society of "noble savages," through the 19th-century hopes that education was the main road to the perfection of character, and on to 20th-century psychologism, in both its Freudian and various brain science varieties, which continues the nature/nurture debate.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780393045437
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Series: Norton History of Science Series
  • Pages: 1036
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.53 (h) x 5.84 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Plates
Preface
Pt. I Introduction
1 The History of the Human Sciences 3
Pt. II The 16th and 17th Centuries
2 The Dignity of Man 37
3 The Province of Natural Law 83
4 Body and Soul 118
Pt. III The Long 18th Century
5 John Locke and the Natural History of the Soul 157
6 The Principles of Rational Science 184
7 Human Nature: Natural and Moral Philosophy 215
8 Human Diversity and Sociability 260
9 Political Economy 301
10 Culture of the Spirit 337
Pt. IV The 19th Century
11 Academic Disciplines and Public Values 371
12 The Science of Society: Auguste Comte and Karl Marx 421
13 Human Evolution 452
14 The Academic Disciplines of Psychology 492
15 The Academic Disciplines of Sociology 530
Pt. V Psychologies in the 20th Century
16 Psychological Society 575
17 Natural Science and Objectivity 636
18 The Unconscious: Reason and Unreason 701
19 The Individual and the Social 746
20 The Past and the Present 799
Notes 871
Bibliographic Essay 903
Index 1009
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