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Unstable Ideas
     

Unstable Ideas

by Jerome Kagan
 

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New York Times Book Review

Jerome Kagan...sets forth an elegantly reasoned and well-written argument for events, functions, and dynamisms rather than things as explanatory notions in psychology. What he calls for is a more complex understanding of the interaction between personality and environment—and the master concept through which he explores such interaction is the notion of 'temperament.'
— Richard M. Restak

Antioch Review

Kagan weaves philosophy, physics, and psychology into a persuasive...form. His book should be required reading for anyone concerned with our children, or who they become.
— Patricia L. Linn

Readings: A Journal of Reviews and Commentary in Mental Health

The author marshals vast erudition and scholarship...The domain [Kagan] surveys in this series of essays is vast. It includes trends in developmental psychology across the twentieth century; it takes in the cognition, temperament, and self of his subtitle, and touches as well on issues of epistemology, methodology, morality and ethics, and creativity in science...This is a book of varied, sometimes far-flung, themes developed in an integrated and unified manner. It is an ambitious undertaking, but the author realizes his intentions admirable, even spectacularly.
— Alexander Thomas

New York Times Book Review - Richard M. Restak
Jerome Kagan...sets forth an elegantly reasoned and well-written argument for events, functions, and dynamisms rather than things as explanatory notions in psychology. What he calls for is a more complex understanding of the interaction between personality and environment--and the master concept through which he explores such interaction is the notion of 'temperament.'
Antioch Review - Patricia L. Linn
Kagan weaves philosophy, physics, and psychology into a persuasive...form. His book should be required reading for anyone concerned with our children, or who they become.
Readings: A Journal of Reviews and Commentary in Mental Health - Alexander Thomas
The author marshals vast erudition and scholarship...The domain [Kagan] surveys in this series of essays is vast. It includes trends in developmental psychology across the twentieth century; it takes in the cognition, temperament, and self of his subtitle, and touches as well on issues of epistemology, methodology, morality and ethics, and creativity in science...This is a book of varied, sometimes far-flung, themes developed in an integrated and unified manner. It is an ambitious undertaking, but the author realizes his intentions admirable, even spectacularly.
Library Journal
The title refers to the problem of imprecise meaning in the use of scientific language for such terms as temperament, cognition, and self. Kagan (psychology, Harvard) makes a plea for more rigorous and innovative methods and a more powerful vocabulary in child development research, where the interaction of biological, psychological, and contextual features is more finely differentiated. Advocating ``an acceptance of the notion that meanings change with time and are always influenced by the procedure that produced the relevant evidence,'' he insists that researchers should periodically retest their stock of evidence for any particular concept of the essence of human nature. He then goes on to offer his own reconceptualizations of crucial concepts. For specialists in the field.-- William Abrams, Portland State Univ. Lib., Ore.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674930391
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
01/01/1989
Pages:
330
Product dimensions:
0.69(w) x 6.14(h) x 9.21(d)

Meet the Author

Jerome Kagan is Daniel and Amy Starch Professor of Psychology at Harvard University.

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