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Voluntarism in early psychology: the case of Hermann von Helmholtz

Liesbet De Kock UGent (2014) HISTORY OF PSYCHOLOGY. 17(2). p.105-128
abstract
The failure to recognize the programmatic similarity between (post-)Kantian German philosophy and early psychology has impoverished psychology's historical self-understanding to a great extent. This article aims to contribute to recent efforts to overcome the gaps in the historiography of contemporary psychology, which are the result of an empiricist bias. To this end, we present an analysis of the way in which Hermann von Helmholtz's theory of perception resonates with Johann Gottlieb Fichte's Ego-doctrine. It will be argued that this indebtedness is particularly clear when focusing on the foundation of the differential awareness of subject and object in perception. In doing so, the widespread reception of Helmholtz's work as proto-positivist or strictly empiricist is challenged, in favor of the claim that important elements of his theorizing can only be understood properly against the background of Fichte's Ego-doctrine.
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subject
keyword
Hermann von Helmholtz, Johann Gottlieb Fichte, perception, voluntarism, transcendental philosophy, KANT
journal title
HISTORY OF PSYCHOLOGY
volume
17
issue
2
pages
105 - 128
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000336139300002
JCR category
HISTORY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES
JCR impact factor
0.688 (2014)
JCR rank
8/35 (2014)
JCR quartile
1 (2014)
ISSN
1093-4510
DOI
10.1037/a0035978
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
id
4248092
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-4248092
date created
2014-01-24 13:59:02
date last changed
2016-12-19 15:45:01
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  abstract     = {The failure to recognize the programmatic similarity between (post-)Kantian German philosophy and early psychology has impoverished psychology's historical self-understanding to a great extent. This article aims to contribute to recent efforts to overcome the gaps in the historiography of contemporary psychology, which are the result of an empiricist bias. To this end, we present an analysis of the way in which Hermann von Helmholtz's theory of perception resonates with Johann Gottlieb Fichte's Ego-doctrine. It will be argued that this indebtedness is particularly clear when focusing on the foundation of the differential awareness of subject and object in perception. In doing so, the widespread reception of Helmholtz's work as proto-positivist or strictly empiricist is challenged, in favor of the claim that important elements of his theorizing can only be understood properly against the background of Fichte's Ego-doctrine.},
  author       = {De Kock, Liesbet},
  issn         = {1093-4510},
  journal      = {HISTORY OF PSYCHOLOGY},
  keyword      = {Hermann von Helmholtz,Johann Gottlieb Fichte,perception,voluntarism,transcendental philosophy,KANT},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {105--128},
  title        = {Voluntarism in early psychology: the case of Hermann von Helmholtz},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0035978},
  volume       = {17},
  year         = {2014},
}

Chicago
De Kock, Liesbet. 2014. “Voluntarism in Early Psychology: The Case of Hermann Von Helmholtz.” History of Psychology 17 (2): 105–128.
APA
De Kock, Liesbet. (2014). Voluntarism in early psychology: the case of Hermann von Helmholtz. HISTORY OF PSYCHOLOGY, 17(2), 105–128.
Vancouver
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De Kock L. Voluntarism in early psychology: the case of Hermann von Helmholtz. HISTORY OF PSYCHOLOGY. 2014;17(2):105–28.
MLA
De Kock, Liesbet. “Voluntarism in Early Psychology: The Case of Hermann Von Helmholtz.” HISTORY OF PSYCHOLOGY 17.2 (2014): 105–128. Print.