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Encyclopedia of the History of Psychological Theories (Springer Reference) Hardcover – December 16, 2011

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ISBN-13: 978-1441904256 ISBN-10: 1441904255 Edition: 2012th

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“The work under review … promising access to information about theories, the persons responsible for them, and society’s reaction to both. … there is an education being offered, one that is accurate, often charming; one replete with delicate asides that offer you, along with the pleasure of reading the excellent histories on the development of theories and those who promoted them, the opportunity to think far more deeply about what we thought we knew about psychological theories … .” (Douglas K. Candland, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 57 (33), August, 2012)

“A handsomely-bound assortment of articles related to the history of psychology, containing some material not readily available from any one single alternative source and some contributions of a high quality … . There is a very strong academic interest in the history of psychology, so university libraries that do not already possess … might wish to consider this for acquisition to fill up the gap.” (Martin Guha, Reference Reviews, Vol. 26 (6), 2012)


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Product Details

  • Series: Springer Reference
  • Hardcover: 1228 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2012 edition (December 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441904255
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441904256
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 7.8 x 3.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,103,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Very uneven. It is unbelievable what is missing in this work. The article about Wilhelm Wundt - often considered the father of psychology as a science - seems simply unfinished after little more that half a page. Only a short biography, but no discussion of his work, and no bibliography.

There is a fine article about behaviorism, but no one about cognitivism / cognitive psychology, humanistic psychology, and many other psychological theories or metatheories. There are no entries on epistemologies such as positivism, hermeneutics, pragmatism and social constructivism (although "social constructionism" is included). Also, there are no articles on (psychological) historiography.

A few issues has got very long articles. Evolutionary psychology is pp. 399-438; Dynamic theories of personality is pp 356-387 (both are too long in my opinion).

Thee are very many articles about psychologists that are unknown to me. OK, if it was not that so much important stuff is missing.

I am glad that I did not buy this work, but had an electronic copy via my library. After all, it is in many ways a fine supplement to other works and necessary for those of us, who need to study many sources. After all, it is difficult to get overviews of psychological theories.
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