Simon Cook previously described the novel account of the human mind which emerged before the First World War- the Cambridge Mind. He considers the development of this conception of brain and behavior to be a critical moment in the early history of the social sciences in Britain, informing the views of both Alfred Marshall and W.H.R. Rivers, but to very different effects. From my vantage point of American intellectual history and history of science, I find a number elements of “the Cambridge Mind” interesting.
Wallas understood the Great Society as the form of social organization brought about in large part by what economists then … Continue reading Graham Wallas on Dispositions, the Great Society, the Failures of Experimental Psychology, and Some Novel Connections (Part 2)
My posts on William McDougall and Simon’s on the “Cambridge Mind” underscores the emergence of a model which sought to … Continue reading Graham Wallas on Instincts and the Study of Politics (Part 1)
In my previous post for The Grote Club, I outlined McDougall’s account of instincts and intelligence among both humans and … Continue reading William McDougall on Psychology, Intelligence, Childhood and Civilization (Part II)