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Evolutionary Thought in Psychology. A Brief History. Edition No. 1. Blackwell Brief Histories of Psychology

  • ID: 5227380
  • Book
  • May 2004
  • 184 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Evolutionary Thought in Psychology: A Brief History traces the history of evolutionary thought in psychology in an accessible and lively fashion and examines the complex and changing relations between psychology and evolutionary theory.
  • First book to trace the history of evolutionary thinking in psychology from its beginnings to the present day in an accessible and lively fashion.
  • Focuses on the rise of evolutionary theories begun by Lamarck and Darwin and the creation of the science of psychology.
  • Explains evolutionary thought’s banishment by behaviorism and cultural anthropology in the early 20th century, along with its eventual re-emergence through ethology and sociobiology.
  • Examines the complex and changing relations between psychology and evolutionary theory.
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Preface ix

CHAPTER 1 CURIOUS HISTORIES 1

CHAPTER 2 BEFORE DARWIN 9

Preliminaries 10

Jean-Baptiste de Lamarck 20

Herbert Spencer 24

CHAPTER 3 PSYCHOLOGY BORN AND THE DARWINIAN REVOLUTION 28

The New Science of Mind 28

The Darwinian Revolution 33

Darwin’s Immediate Successors 38

Early Psychology in the United States 44

CHAPTER 4 THE NEAR DEATH OF DARWINISM IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES 48

Evolution after Darwin 48

Behaviorism Takes Hold in Psychology 53

The Rise of Cultural Anthropology 62

CHAPTER 5 AN EXCEPTIONAL CASE 70

The Fundamental Problem 71

A New Factor in Evolution 77

Evolutionary Epistemology 83

Fall and Decline 88

CHAPTER 6 LESSONS TO BE LEARNED: ETHOLOGY AND SOCIOBIOLOGY 90

Classical Ethology 91

Sociobiology 105

CHAPTER 7 CONTEMPORARY EVOLUTIONARY PSYCHOLOGY 123

Evolutionary Theory from 1959 124

Necessary Precursors in the Main Discipline 129

Evolutionary Psychology Reborn 134

Which Side is Bringing Science into Disrepute? 148

A Natural Science of Culture 154

CHAPTER 8 FUTURE PROSPECTS 158

References 162

Index 166

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Henry Plotkin University College London.
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