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The Hidden Roots of Critical Psychology
Understanding the Impact of Locke, Shaftesbury and Reid


February 2009 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Today new forms of critical psychology are challenging the cognitive revolution that has dominated psychology for the past three decades. This book explores the historical roots of these new psychologies. It demonstrates that their ideas are not quite as new as is often supposed.

In the early modern period, thinkers like the earl of Shaftesbury and Thomas Reid reacted against Locke's cognitive psychology in ways that were surprisingly modern, if not post-modern. However, Shaftesbury and Reid have been virtually written out of psychology's history. It is now time to recognize the great originality of their psychological thinking. Writing in a non-technical style, Michael Billig seeks to overturn the dominant views of psychology's history. In so doing, he gives a fascinating account of the times, bringing psychology's hidden past vividly back to life.

Insightful and entertaining, The Hidden Roots of Critical Psychology is aimed at undergraduate and graduate students studying conceptual and historical issues in psychology. The book's highly original argument should also appeal to psychologists more generally and to specialists in the history of ideas.

 
Introduction
 
History and Psychology
 
Locke
The Father of Cognitive Psychology  
 
Locke's New Way of Ideas
 
Shaftesbury
The Rebellious Foster-Son  
 
Shaftesbury
Moral and Social Sense  
 
Shaftesbury
Almost a Pre-post-modern Figure  
 
Thomas Reid
A Common Sense Psychology  
 
Concluding Remarks
Psychology in the Age of Discoveries  

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