|Psychology: George Boeree's complete history|
I've started a course in psychology with the good Dr Chris Gore at Kingston and nine other people keen to know more about what makes humans tick - or perhaps ought to have them ticking.
As it stands right now, psychology is fragmented, with a particularly large divide between humanistic applied psychology and a highly reductionist biological psychology. What is needed is a unifying theory, one that avoids the easy extremes.
- George Boeree, The History of Psychology
Some very interesting ideas are emerging, and the web provides some great resources that I suspect many others might like to taste.
The plan is to add to the ebook files.
First up is a what looks a really interesting version of The History of Psychology. The author is Dr C George Boeree, of the Shippensburg University, across the Pond.
Many thanks on behalf of the ebook-reading community worldwide to Dr Boeree for making his book available as open source.
Aristotle enters leftAnd here are three important documents from Aristotle but printed rather a long time after he went to his maker, in 322 BC.
Where does Aristotle fit into the psychology picture? Of course, he's the famous philosopher and philosophy is very closely connected to psychology.
Aristotle was a clever visionary, but I somehow doubt that he had any idea that Wikipedia would say this about him, 2,034 years after his death, 'Together with Plato and Socrates (Plato's teacher), Aristotle is one of the most important founding figures in Western philosophy.
'Aristotle's writings were the first to create a comprehensive system of Western philosophy, encompassing morality and aesthetics, logic and science, politics and metaphysics.'
His De Anima is of great interest to psychologists. Unfortunately, the version here is not very clear. I will try to find a better reproduction.
These three ebooks are in the Kindle format. But with the software on the site here - or at Calibre direct - you can change them to whatever format your own ebook uses. Of course, they are perfectly readable on your computer, too.
Dr Boeree's History of Psychology has been PDF'd by Diana Wieser. It comes in four parts, the contents of which are -
Part One: The Ancients
Psyche and Eros
Part Two: The RebirthThe Middle Ages
A Letter from Heloise to Abelard
Part Three: The 1800s
Timeline: The 1800s
Part Four: The 1900s
Timeline: The 1900s
The books are here, and all in PDF format. Regulars to eBookTrove-dot-com know that the open source programs for converting PDF ebooks to the format of their eReader are here. I use Calibre myself and the latest version is on their website, here. Calibre, like the ebooks, is open source - free. And it is dead easy to use.