Positivism in Psychology

Historical and Contemporary Problems

  • Charles W. Tolman

Part of the Recent Research in Psychology book series (PSYCHOLOGY)

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Positivism needs further scrutiny. In recent years, there has been little consensus about the nature of positivism or about the precise forms its influence has taken on psychological theory. One symptom of this lack of clarity has been that ostensibly anti-positivist psychological theorizing is frequently found reproducing one or more distinctively positivist assumptions. The contributors to this volume believe that, while virtually every theoretically engaged psychologist today openly rejects positivism in both its 19th century and 20th century forms, it is indispensable to look at positivism from all sides and to appraise its role and importance in order to make possible the further development of psychological theory.


cognitive psychology cognitive science development perception psychology

Editors and affiliations

  • Charles W. Tolman
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of VictoriaVictoriaCanada

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1992
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-97700-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4612-4402-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-7532
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