Psychology and Philosophy Essay by Master Researcher

Psychology and Philosophy
The relationship between the history of philosophical thought and the history of psychology.
# 87615 | 1,125 words | 5 sources | 2005 | US

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This essay investigates the significance of philosophy within the history of psychology. It argues that philosophy and psychology, for most of their histories, handled the very same subjects. Accordingly, the very same divisions within the field of philosophy can be seen within the field of psychology. The conclusion of the paper is that overall psychology and philosophy must be very similar and important with reference to one another.

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"The history of psychology goes hand in hand with the history of philosophy. In fact, if a timeline of the most famous psychologists through the history of civilization were constructed, it would be nearly indistinguishable from a chronological timeline detailing the most famous philosophers. Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Descartes, Kant, and Heidegger all contributed to the fundamentals of psychology, while at the same time they unfolded complex and lasting philosophical theories. It has often been argued that, "By the end of the Greek era the critical themes and issues of psychology as well as the methodological approaches were well identified and structured." (Brennan, 32). It is reasonable to wonder precisely why this should be so; certainly, it is not at all apparent that the two fields of psychology and philosophy -- so seemingly distinct today -- should be related in such an intimate manner."

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