Catching Up With Aristotle

A Journey in Quest of General Psychology

  • Niels Engelsted

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Psychology book series (BRIEFSPSYCHOL)

Also part of the SpringerBriefs in Theoretical Advances in Psychology book sub series (BRIEFSTHEORET)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Within Circles of History

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Niels Engelsted
      Pages 3-6
    3. Niels Engelsted
      Pages 7-21
    4. Niels Engelsted
      Pages 23-32
  3. General Psychology—The Four Corners of the Puzzle

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 33-33
    2. Niels Engelsted
      Pages 35-39
    3. Niels Engelsted
      Pages 41-48
    4. Niels Engelsted
      Pages 49-57
    5. Niels Engelsted
      Pages 59-65
    6. Niels Engelsted
      Pages 67-78
    7. Niels Engelsted
      Pages 79-88
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      Pages 89-93
    9. Niels Engelsted
      Pages 113-116
    10. Niels Engelsted
      Pages 117-120
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 121-157

About this book


This Brief presents the argument for the need to re-establish the theoretical focus of general psychology in contemporary psychological research. It begins with a detailed account of the current “crisis” of psychology and our modern disconnect from general psychology. Chapters present the works of Aristotle and A.N. Leontiev, using their ideas to outline a long wanted general psychology. The general psychology delineates the four corner posts of the domain of psychology: Sentience, Intentionality, Mind, and Human Consciousness, and explains why they are all necessary but not the same. Besides a historical discussion, which aims to demonstrate how Marxism got it right, and then not, this Brief presents a new radical theory of human evolution, which credits the Adam-and-Eve story with a vital link hitherto missed by Marxism, Darwinism, and paleoanthropology. In addition, it argues why a new understanding is important in the Anthropocene Age. 

Catching Up with Aristotle will be of interest to psychologists, undergraduate and graduate students, and researchers. 


Theoretical psychology Activity Theory Crisis of psychology Vygotsky A.N. Leontiev General Psychology Mind Intentionality Human consciousness History of Psychology Classical philosophy Aristotle Kant Hegel Enlightenment Classical Anthropogenesis Lamarck and Darwin Human evolution Paleoanthropology Marx and Engels

Authors and affiliations

  • Niels Engelsted
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Copenhagen Department of PsychologyCopenhagenDenmark

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