The Hidden Roots of Critical Psychology: Understanding the Impact of Locke, Shaftesbury and Reid

The Hidden Roots of Critical Psychology: Understanding the Impact of Locke, Shaftesbury and Reid

by Michael Billig
     
 

ISBN-10: 1412947235

ISBN-13: 9781412947237

Pub. Date: 02/26/2008

Publisher: SAGE Publications

Today, new forms of critical psychology are challenging the cognitive revolution that has dominated psychology for the past three decades. This book explores the historical roots of these new psychologies. It demonstrates that their ideas are not quite as new as is often supposed.

In the early modern period, thinkers like the Earl of Shaftesbury and Thomas Reid

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Today, new forms of critical psychology are challenging the cognitive revolution that has dominated psychology for the past three decades. This book explores the historical roots of these new psychologies. It demonstrates that their ideas are not quite as new as is often supposed.

In the early modern period, thinkers like the Earl of Shaftesbury and Thomas Reid reacted against Locke's cognitive psychology in ways that were surprisingly modern, if not post-modern. However, Shaftesbury and Reid have been virtually written out of psychology's history. It is now time to recognize the great originality of their psychological thinking. Writing in a non-technical style, Michael Billig seeks to overturn the dominant views of psychology's history. In doing so, he gives a fascinating account of the times, bringing psychology's hidden past vividly back to life.

Insightful and entertaining, The Hidden Roots of Critical Psychology is aimed at undergraduate and postgraduate students studying conceptual and historical issues in psychology as well as critical psychology. The book's highly original argument should also appeal to psychologists more generally and to specialists in the history of ideas.

About the Author:
Michael Billig is Professor of Social Sciences at Loughborough University

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412947237
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
02/26/2008
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword     ix
Introduction     1
History and Psychology     9
Locke: The Father of Cognitive Psychology     28
Locke's New Way of Ideas     51
Shaftesbury: The Rebellious Foster-Son     73
Shaftesbury: Moral and Social Sense     96
Shaftesbury: Almost a Pre-Post-Modern Figure     122
Thomas Reid: A Common Sense Psychology     150
Concluding Remarks: Psychology in the Age of Discoveries     184
Chronological Table     191
References     194
Name Index     211
Subject Index     216

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