In the 1890's, when fields such as psychology and philosophy were just emerging, turf wars between the disciplines were common-place. Philosophers widely discounted the possibility that psychology's claim to empirical truth had anything relevant to offer their field. And psychologists, such as the crazed and eccentric Otto Weinegger, often considered themselves philosophers. Freud, it is held, was deeply influenced by his wife, Martha's, uncle, who was also a philosopher. The tension between the fields persisted, until the two fields eventually matured and grew apart.
Until the publication of Martin Kursch's masterly work "Psychologism," few philosophers and psychologists have attended to their originally unhappy, turn-of-the-century engagement. Martin Kusch explores the origins of psychologism in Germany and "fin de siecle" Vienna by examining two major figures of twentieth century philosophy: Frege and Husserl. As one of the few serious works on Frege, Kusch trenchantly and clearly reconstructs the debate and the context in which it flourished. "Psychologism" will prove to be a key work of intellectual history on a subject which has largely been overlooked and, above all, understudied.
"Martin Kusch's fascinating and scholarly book deals throughout with a culture where philosophical argumentation was perhaps more serious, more passionate, more intense and scholarly, and reaching a more educated public, than at any other place or time before or since."
From the Foreword
""Psychologismis... perhaps the most convincing study yet in the sociology of scientific (and philosophical) knowledge
-"Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
Series: Philosophical Issues in Science
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 7th September 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24
Weight (kg): 0.64
Edition Number: 1