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The Principles of Psychology Paperback – July 9, 2015
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About the Author
Herbert Spencer (1820-1903) was an English philosopher, political theorist, sociological theorist, author, and editor. He served in the later capacity for the "Economist" from 1843 to 1853. He is perhaps best known for applying evolutionary theory to social development and coined the term "survival of the fittest." His best known works are "Man versus the State" and the multi-volume "System of Synthetic Philosophy". --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
I'm grateful to the publishers for making this book available to Kindle readers at this low price. (I see there's another edition available for four times as much, but haven't tried it.)
However, there are problems with this edition which make it a little difficult to read.
For one thing, there is a Table of Contents, but you have to go back to page 1 and then "turn' the page forward to get to it. (Table of Contents is not enabled on the "Go to" Menu button.)
But you really wouldn't use the chapter headings that often, I think. What I mainly want to do is find out how long a chapter is - how many pages are left before I'll have finished it - and the TOC doesn't help you do this since there are no page numbers on the TOC.
The publisher has actually embedded the original hardcopy page numbers in the text - for example, the place in the text where p. 216 (of the paperback Dover edition) starts has [p.216] embedded in this Kindle edition. So, if James refers to something he says on a previous page, you can search it.
A second problem (and probably the most problematical) is the number of typos. The digital scanner messes up - well, I wouldn't say a whole lot, but enough to be annoying and at rare times to interfere with my understanding of the book.
There are lots of "fin" when it should be "fill," "me" when it should be "we." Many places that should be italicized aren't, and many words are italicized that shouldn't be. Sometimes a word is left out: for ex., right between pp.94-95 of Vol. II, the phrase that should be "by far the greater number are vertical lines" is rendered "by far the a number are vertical lines." Farther down on P. 95, the phrase "In the chapter on Sensation we saw that many illusions..." is rendered "In the chapter on Sensation sew that many illusions..."
On page 149 there is a sentence which this Kindle version has rendered, "If these latter be catches in the circle of vision, the former are certain other patches between them." That's actually supposed to be "patches" in both instances, and no "catches."
On the other hand, there are times when the text goes on for pages without one error. They seem to come and go in drifts.
Once again, this sort of thing wouldn't matter much in a lighter book, and aren't really that fatal even here - James gives many examples of what he means, and so much of the book is deep into minutiae that you don't need to understand every little thing. And there are many parts of the Kindle edition that have no typo for pages and pages. Still, it's annoying and distracting enough for me to often switch back to paper. (Then I switch back to the Kindle because it's so convenient.)
A third problem is that, as anyone familiar with this book knows, there are lots and lots of footnotes. In the Dover edition, these footnotes are, of course, at the bottom of the page. You can scan them quickly and decide whether you want to read them or not. In the Kindle edition, they are at the end of the chapter, unlinked. So if you want to read a footnote, you need to bookmark the end of the chapter and then flip through the bookmarks to get the one our of 50 or 60 that you want.
All in all, I can't say that I recommend reading the Principles of Psychology on this Kindle edition. Ideally, someone would go through this edition and fix all the typos, then create lots and lots of links all through it. But for $2 a copy, I can see why they wouldn't.
Based on the several releases of this work from various Kindle publishers I easily rate this one as the best I have seen. I look forward to spending some time with it.
In my searches about vision this is essential too.
Very well written and very easy to understanding, even for a foreigner english reader.
Excellent organization, where the index explains every chapter and is very easy to find matters.
Vol I and vol II are inseparable.