Handbook of Psychology - Vol. 1-2

Handbook of Psychology - Vol. 1-2

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Handbook of Psychology - Vol. 1-2

Handbook of Psychology - Vol. 1-2

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The justification of another handbook of Psychology is readily found in the present state of the science, a state of such enthusiastic and productive specialism that it is to be hoped no book will hereafter meet the requirements of higher education for more than a generation. Whatever labor this may entail upon mental scientists and educators, whose business it is to systematize and present results as they are established, they should be the first to hail with joy the rapid growth of psychology as of immediate advantage to the philosophy and practice of education.

But apart from the facts of the science itself--the new facts which must be interpreted in a system for educational purposes--I think it is exceedingly necessary that new philosophical conceptions of the sphere and function of psychology should be embodied in special works. This is the more imperative at present, since the conception now prevalent is widely different from that of twenty years ago, when many of the works were written which are yet used as introduction and strong support to the philosophy taught in the universities: the new conception, namely, that psychology is a science of fact, its questions are questions of fact, and that the treatment of hypotheses must be as rigorous and critical as competent scientists are accustomed to demand in other departments of research.

The question of the relation of psychology to metaphysics, over which a fierce warfare has been waged in . . .

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