, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp 1-3
Date: 20 Feb 2010

Preface: The Review of Philosophy and Psychology

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In the 1876 introduction to the first issue of Mind, its then editor George C. Robertson set among the goals of the journal the question of deciding on the possibility of psychology as a science, noting that:

[e]ither psychology would in time pass with general consent into the company of the sciences, or the hollowness of its pretensions would be plainly revealed (Robertson 1876).

The journal—soon to become the most respected organ of the analytic tradition—defined itself in its early years as "the first English journal devoted to Psychology and Philosophy" and displayed in its masthead: "A Quarterly Review of Philosophy and Psychology", a subtitle only to be abandoned in 1972 (Staley 2009). Today, whether contemporary psychology can be measured by scientific standards is no longer a question in need of an answer. Yet, what contribution philosophical methods and theoretical analysis can bring to the understanding of cognition is still very much an open question—which the Review of Philos