This book is a cross-sectional history of psychology. It basically covers the issues how the image of man was formed in modern psychology. How is this related to our folk psychological image, the way we interpret other humans as feeling and knowing beings.
This slightly unorthodox history of psychology is unorthodox in two ways. Its starting pint is the naive image of man, and treats scientific psychology as a constant dialogue between our everyday conception and the scientific conception. On the other hand, rather than taking a longitudinal historical perspective, it is organized in a cross-sectional manner. It takes the different key topics and surveys them over the history of modern psychology.
A returning issue of the is anthropomorphism and the teleological way of talk about human actions, and their relationship to causal explanations. The book presents psychology as a central human science
Relationships between naive and scientific psychology are treated in the fareme of characteristic pairs. Such pairs as body and mind, man and beast, nature and nurture, parts and wholes, knowing and feeling, individual and society, conscious and unconscuo,s normal ana pathological.
The historical and conceptual introduction also highlights the crucial issues of present day psychology. It is an introductory textbook for those taking a psychology intro class.
The author is a historian of psychology with 4 decades of teaching experience.