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  •  History of Psychology (1+ / 0-)
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    TomP

    Read some of James in my History of Psychology class in graduate school. Most of what I read is apparently lost in the fog of middle age.

    "It's the economy, stupid!" James Carville

    by BlueBeaumontBoyz on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 09:05:58 PM PST

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      TomP, wilderness voice

      One place where the philosophic concept of pragmatism has enjoyed total victory is psychology. The early twentieth century was plagued by the search for a perfect theory. Now therapists are generally happy to use any methods that work, even multiple methods that seem in theoretical conflict with one another.

      Our reason is quite satisfied ... if we can find a few arguments that will do to recite in case our credulity is criticized... Our faith is faith in someone else's faith, and in the greatest matters this is most the case. - William James

      by radical empiricist on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 09:21:22 PM PST

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