Through The Rearview Mirror: Historical Reflections On Psychology

Paperback | September 16, 1999

byJohn Macnamara

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In this lively book, John Macnamara shows how a number of important thinkers through the ages have approached problems of mental representation and the acquisition of knowledge. He discusses the relevance of these approaches to modern cognitive psychology, focusing on central themes that he believes have strongly influenced modern psychology. This is not a neutral historical survey, but a vehicle for Macnamara's compelling and provocative arguments on the relevance and worth of certain aspects of psychological and philosophical thought.

The historical figures discussed are quite varied -- from Plato to Thomas Jefferson to Sigmund Freud -- and include numerous Christian philosophers such as Augustine and Thomas Aquinas. The book assumes no previous background in the subject matter; Macnamara often simplifies abstract concepts via homespun examples (many using his beloved dog, Freddie). This is a quirky, engaging book, as well as the last work by a highly influential figure in cognitive psychology.

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In this lively book, John Macnamara shows how a number of important thinkers through the ages have approached problems of mental representation and the acquisition of knowledge. He discusses the relevance of these approaches to modern cognitive psychology, focusing on central themes that he believes have strongly influenced modern psyc...

John Macnamara is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Program in the History and Philosophy of Science, McGill University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:316 pages, 9 × 6.1 × 0.9 inPublished:September 16, 1999Publisher:The MIT PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0262519313

ISBN - 13:9780262519311

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This book contains the illuminating historical reflection on cognition and perception of the late John Macanamara. The fresh and easy style of the book makes it especially useful for students.