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11/18/11 Topics 1 and 2 1 What do you expect in this class? Reading, research, discussion, lectures, writing,  student presentations, exams READ THE SYLLABUS!! Required Textbook: A History of Psychology:Ideas and  Context (2009, 4 th  edition)  bookstore, and through coursesmart.com
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11/18/11 Topics 1 and 2 2 Why Study History? Improves our understanding of the future Enriches our understanding of the present  Enriches a liberal education In psychology In a broad education across disciplines Teaches humility Teaches a healthy skepticism 
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11/18/11 Topics 1 and 2 3 Some Problems in historiography Historiography includes the researching and writing of history  questions about history and historical methods characteristics of historical writings 
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11/18/11 Topics 1 and 2 4 Some Problems in historiography Historical consciousness emerged over time. Early historians Herodotus Thucydides: History of the Peloponnesian War
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11/18/11 Topics 1 and 2 5 History is the interpretive study of the human past Contains Empirical component Historical data Explanatory component Interpretations of data
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11/18/11 Topics 1 and 2 6 Can History Be Objective? Objectivity implies a correspondence between a  historical narrative and the past events it describes. Historians cannot directly observe the events. Historians must be selective with the data. Objectivity is a desirable ideal.
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11/18/11 Topics 1 and 2 7 Presentism and Historicism. Historicism is the commitment to understanding the past  for its own sake. Presentism emphasizes the biased nature of human  experience and the difficulties in separating historical  facts from current biases. There may be room for a middle ground.
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Topics 1 and 2 8 Is There a Pattern in History? The cyclical hypothesis suggests that history repeats itself in  cycles. The linear-progressive hypothesis argues that progress is a  fundamental characteristic of history. The linear-regressive hypothesis argues that decline is a  fundamental characteristic of history. The chaos hypothesis maintains that there is no overall 
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