History, Psychology, and Science: Selected Papers

History, Psychology, and Science: Selected Papers

History, Psychology, and Science: Selected Papers

History, Psychology, and Science: Selected Papers

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How did this book come about? One of us (D.T.C.) has a deepseated interest in psychological epistemology and the other (R.I.W.) in the history of psychology. In the course of conversations, we had occasion to deplore the nonavailability of a collection of Boring's papers. We considered E.G.B.'s works to stand in the first rank in both epistemology and historical psychology. Just for the fun of it, we drew up a list of some of his papers that we most admired. We showed this list to our mentor on publishing matters, Gordon Ierardi of John Wiley and Sons. He agreed that their publication would be a good idea, and set out for Cambridge to broach the suggestion to E.G.B. There was the understanding that the two of us would bow out at this point, if this seemed desirable, but with a promise of our willingness to carry on editing chores. Boring's reaction to the proposal was that "only modesty would have prevented me from suggesting it myself." He asked that we serve as editors. In theory this might have left him in Olympian aloofness from the whole enterprise, but neither we nor anyone who knows Dr. Boring would have expected him to disassociate himself from the project. True, he leaned over backward to make sure that we knew the decisions were our own, but his enthusiasm and good sense were reflected in many varied activities as "editorial consultant."

It was decided that material readily available in books should not be reprinted, if at all possible. This meant that selections from The History of Experimental Psychology (1950 Edition), Sensation and Perception in the History of Experimental Psychology (1942), and The Physical Dimension of Consciousness (1933) were not reprinted. The last mentioned book is not in print at the moment, but arrangements to have it reprinted are under way. Psychologist at Large (1961) is very much in print and contains certain crucial papers. Permission was received from its publisher, Basic Books, and E.G.B. to reprint again one paper. In the introductions to the five sections . . .

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