History of Psychology - History of Psychology 1 History of...

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History of Psychology 1 History of Psychology Sabrina Armstrong PSY/310 December 5 th , 2011 Barbara Burt
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History of Psychology 2 History of Psychology The history of psychology is vast; psychology is not an easy subject by any means. This paper will review the history from the seventeenth century to the present, placing a special emphasis upon the role that moral concerns played in the development the modern sciences of man, including psychology. It presents evidence in support of the thesis that the intentions or concerns of John Mill and John Locke were largely moral and that similar intentions underlay the work of virtually all of the subsequent proponents of "the science of Man" up to the turn of the twentieth century. It discusses the twentieth-century conflict between this heritage of moral concern and the ideal of a "value-free," logically "justified," and "pure" science of psychology. While acknowledging the lively debate surrounding this conflict, it argues that the conflict itself is more apparent than authentic and that modern psychologist continues to share the Cartesian/Lockian heritage of moral concern. Finally, it suggests why the debate has occurred in this century and
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