Psychology down the Ages - Vol. 1

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CHAPTER II
RENUNCIATION OF PHYSIOLOGY

§ 1. jealousy between Sciences of Psyche and of Body. § 2. Attachment of Psyche to Body. § 3. Companionship of Psyche with Body. § 4. Resemblance of Psyche to Body. § 5. Upshot.


§ 1. Jealousy between Sciences of Psyche and of Body

As we saw in the preceding chapter, man's first great exploit towards creating psychology was to split himself up into two parts; on the one hand, he conceived his material body; on the other, his mind, soul, or psyche. The science of the material life became known a couple of centuries ago as "physiology". That of the mental life was much earlier called "psychology". But inevitably there arose a misgiving. Does the psyche really admit of being studied by itself? Or must it not rather be taken in intimate connection with the other part of man, his body? The answers given to these questions have been very diverse and momentous. At one extreme, it has been asserted that to link up the science of the psyche with that of the body can do nothing but mischief.

Thus Fries wrote:

"Let no one fancy that anything bodily either is explained by, or can explain, anything psychical."

So too Beneke:

"The history of psychology has shown that it has been found impossible for the smallest part of the

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