Victorian Psychology and British Culture 1850-1880

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Overview


This book offers a history of the interdisciplinary development of Victorian psychology alongside detailed studies of three leading writers: Alexander Bain, Herbert Spencer, and G. H. Lewes. Examining work in several different fields, including evolutionary theory, philosophy, literature, and the bio-medical sciences, it sets the development of psychology in the context of the social and intellectual pressures of the time. The book includes detailed analyses of the work of George Eliot, whose writing is saturated with ideas developed alongside those of the great psychologists who formed her circle.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198122838
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Anglia Polytechnic University, Cambridge
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Table of Contents

Introduction
I Generalities: A discrimination of types of psychological theory
The discourse of the soul
The discourse of philosophy
The discourse of physiology in general biology
The discourse of medicine
II Particulars: Three writers in their times and contexts
Alexander Bain and the new psychology of the higher faculties
Herbert Spencer and the beginnings of evolutionary psychology
G. H. Lewes: History, mind, and language
Bibliography
Index

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