Early Psychological Thought: Ancient Accounts Of Mind And Soul

Hardcover | July 31, 2003

byChristopher D. Green

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The modern view of the mind is the result of thousands of years of thought, discussion, and experimentation. This volume examines how the foundations of this concept were laid in the ancient world, focusing on the role of psyche in the thought of the most influential philosophers, poets, and physicians from archaic Greece to the fall of Rome. The authors show how the various processes we now group together under the general rubric "psychology"--such as thought, emotion, desire, and will--began as relatively disparate parts of the Greek conceptual scheme, only converging gradually over the course of centuries into what we now call "mind." By reconstructing what the ancient Greeks and Romans understood by terms such as psyche, phrenes, and nous, this survey of the early development of psychological thought highlights the legacies of their accounts, which can still be found embedded in modern psychological assumptions.

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The modern view of the mind is the result of thousands of years of thought, discussion, and experimentation. This volume examines how the foundations of this concept were laid in the ancient world, focusing on the role of psyche in the thought of the most influential philosophers, poets, and physicians from archaic Greece to the fall o...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 9.5 × 6.28 × 0.79 inPublished:July 31, 2003Publisher:Praeger PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:031331845X

ISBN - 13:9780313318450

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?[a]n interesting, well-written volume, with an engaging mix of historical circumstance and philosophical ideas about mind and soul. The book is accessible to general readers and informative about a key period in Western history. Its relevance to those interested in Greek and Roman issues rather than psychology per se strengthens its case and leads this reviewer to recommend it in those disciplines.... recommended for ancient studies. All levels.??Choice