Sociology In Its Psychological Aspects

Paperback | January 8, 2012

byCharles Abram Ellwood

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1919. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IX THE B&LE OF INSTINCT IN THE SOCIAL LIFE1 There can be no psychology of the associational process, and hence no adequate sociology, until we can answer the question, What part does instinct play in guiding and shaping that process? While we have already discussed this problem to a certain extent and indicated roughly our view, we need now to examine more in detail the relation between instinct and social life. It is said by some that instinct is a word which merely serves to cover our ignorance; that when we have explained anything through instinct we really have no explanation and that a sociology which employs such a term must be either very incomplete or very metaphysical in character.2 In reply, it may be said that the psychological sociologist who bases his interpretation upon modern psychology has no alternative but to employ the word instinct. Modern psychology has given a perfectly definite connotation to this term, as we have already seen, and while the biological sociologist may properly refuse to allow the term instinct to stop his investigations, the psychological sociologist, on the contrary, when he has reduced social phenomena to psychological terms cannot be said to have any further duty. Of course, instincts are determined by selective processes in nature, and therefore can always themselves be explained by the biologist, or in the case of human society, by the biological sociologist; but when the psychological sociologist has pushed back his explanation to the biological process of selection that is as far as he can reasonably be required to go. Certainly a psychological theory of society that did not take into account such instincts as mother love, combativeness, acquisitiveness and the like, would be a very one-sided intell...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1919. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IX THE B&LE OF INSTINCT IN THE SOCIAL LIFE1 There can be no psychology of the associational process, and hence no ad...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:136 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.29 inPublished:January 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217998054

ISBN - 13:9780217998055

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