Wundt and the Philosophical Foundations of Psychology

Full page photoDear friends and members of the ESHHS,
we are happy to announce that Saulo de Freitas Araujo, one of our long time members, published his book on Wundt.

About the book:

This book reassesses the seminal work of Wilhelm Wundt by discussing the history and philosophy of psychology. It traces the pioneering theorist’s intellectual development and the evolution of psychology throughout his career. The author draws on little-known sources to situate psychological concepts in Wundt’s philosophical thought and address common myths and misconceptions relating to Wundt’s ideas. The ideas presented in this book show why Wundt’s work remains relevant in this era of ongoing mind/brain debate and interest continues in the links between psychology and philosophy.

Featured topics include:

Theoretical and philosophical foundations of Wundt’s early work in scientific psychology.
Wundt’s conception of scientific philosophy in relation to his theory of knowledge.
The epistemological dimensions of Wundt’s final project in scientific psychology.

Wundt and the Philosophical Foundations of Psychology is a valuable resource for researchers, professors, and graduate students in cognitive and related psychology and philosophy disciplines.

For further information, see the publisher’s website

ESHHS 2016: Call for papers and accomodation information

Dear friends and members of the ESHHS,
as 2015 is soon finishing, we are looking forward to our upcoming conference in Barcelona, Spain, which will be organized together with our colleagues from CHEIRON. The call for papers is running until January 15th. Further information on accomodation possibilities can be found here. We are looking forward to meet you in Barcelona!

European Yearbook of the History of Psychology. Sources, Theories, and Models

EYHP leaflet 2015-1Dear friends and members of the ESHHS,
we are pleased to present to you the following journal which might be of interest to many of us: The European Yearbook of the History of Psychology. Sources, Theories, and Models.

The European Yearbook of the History of Psychology. Sources, Theories, and Models (EYHP) is devoted to the history of psychology, and especially to the interconnections between historiographic survey and problems of epistemology. With an eye on the interdisciplinary nature of cultural studies, the Yearbook pays special attention to those common areas between psychological research and its adjacent disciplines, in particular the human and the life sciences (philosophy, sociology, anthropology, psychiatry, physiology, neurology, biology, zoology, etc.). Aimed primarily at historians and philosophers of psychology, epistemologists, historians of philosophy, and historians of human sciences, the Yearbook is also open to contributions from all areas of psychology that address a phenomenon or topic of interest in psychology from a historical perspective and/or with an epistemological approach. Besides original essays, the Yearbook encompasses the following sections: Unpublished and archival material; Discussions (a space where authors can confront one another and discuss specific topics); Interviews; Book reviews and reading recommendations.

EYHP leaflet 2015

New book publication on teleology and genealogy

image-service.aspDear members and friends of the ESHHS,
some of you might be interested in the following book publication:

“From Aristotle’s Teleology to Darwin’s Genealogy – The Stamp of Inutility” by Marco Solinas.

Starting with Aristotle and moving on to Darwin, Marco Solinas outlines the basic steps from the birth, establishment and later rebirth of the traditional view of living beings, and its overturning by evolutionary revolution. The classic framework devised by Aristotle was still dominant in the 17th Century world of Galileo, Harvey and Ray, and remained hegemonic until the time of Lamarck and Cuvier in the 19th Century. Darwin’s breakthrough thus takes on the dimensions of an abandonment of the traditional finalistic theory. It was a transition exemplified in the morphological analysis of useless parts, such as the sightless eyes of moles, already discussed by Aristotle, which Darwin used as a crowbar to unhinge the systematic recourse to final causes. With many excerpts, a chronological sequence and an analytical approach, this book follows the course of the two conceptions that have shaped the destiny of living beings in western culture.

You can order the book directly at the publisher’s website.

Upcoming Conference in Angers – Information

Dear members and friends of the ESHHS,
please find important information about our upcoming conference below:

Please use the Registration form and send it to slevinson.eshhs (at) gmail.com to complete the registration process.

A guide on how to travel to the conference site can be found here, the fastest bus route from the city center to University in here. We also have a map of the campus.

We are all looking forward meeting friends old and new in Angers! If you have any further questions about travelling, registration and attending the conference, please contact our local organizer slevinson.eshhs (at) gmail.com.