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Striving for the Whole : Creating Theoretical Syntheses - Rainer Diriwachter

Striving for the Whole

Creating Theoretical Syntheses

By: Rainer Diriwachter (Editor), Jaan Valsiner (Editor)

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This unusual collection explores the development of ideas in psychology's past, and shapes them into a valuable resource for ideas in the discipline's future, with particular emphasis on holistic traditions in psychology. Diriw??chter and Valsiner focus on developmental holistic psychology as advocated by the second school of Leipzig in Germany. Although largely neglected, this school of thought has provided some of the fundamental ideas necessary for a truly holistic approach in psychology.

This volume includes Leibniz's dynamic holism and Ehrenfels' discussion about Gestalt qualities, which has generally been acknowledged as a major milestone in the formation of Gestalt psychology. Each chapter looks at the possible future of holistic psychology. Striving for the Whole contains several well-though out discussions on possible elaborations of holistic psychology by contrasting it with Ernst Boesch's cultural psychology, Pierre Janet's theory on emotions, and Jan Smuts holistic approach to personality theory. Discussions of holistic approaches in biology and evolutionary psychology, as well as a renewed look at Lloyd Morgan's comparative methodology, complete the volume.

Striving for the Whole has been written by an international group of authors and will be of interest to students of the social sciences and intellectual history, and anyone who wants to dive deeper into holistic approaches that maintain their ties with empirical methodology. It is ideal for graduate and upper-level undergraduate courses in psychology.

Preface: The past and future of the whole / Rainer Diriw??chter & Jaan Valsiner -- Leibniz's dynamic holism / Walter H. Ehrenstein -- Christian von Ehrenfels / Steven C. Kissinger -- Genetic Ganzheitspsychologie / Rainer Diriw??chter -- Felix Krueger and Ganzheitspsychologie : history of psychology in Japan before and during World War II / Miki Takasuna & Tatsuya Sato -- Ganzheitspsychologie in Heidelberg / Dietmar G??rlitz -- Jan Smuts and personality theory : the problem of holism in psychology / Christopher Shelley -- Janet's emotions in the whole of human conduct / Tania Zittoun -- Ernst E. Boesch's holistic cultural psychology / L??via Mathias Sim??o -- Comparative methodology as the human condition : Conwy Lloyd Morgan and the use of animal models in science / Jaan Valsiner -- Other minds than ours / Conwy Lloyd Morgan -- A holistic perspective in natural sciences / Camilo E. Khatchikian -- Dynamic adaptive psychology : viewing the individual through the lens of evolution and development / Rosemarie I. Sokol & Philip J. Rosenbaum -- Conclusion: Returning to the whole : a new theoretical synthesis in the social sciences / Jaan Valsiner & Rainer Diriw??chter.

ISBN: 9781412813587
ISBN-10: 1412813581
Format: PDF
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 263
Published: 31st December 2011