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La mémoire et la vie: Essai de défense du mécanisme psychologique (Memory and life: A defense of the mechanistic viewpoint in psychology)

Pratt, Carroll C.

Psychological Bulletin, 1939, Vol.36(10), pp.834-835 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    La mémoire et la vie: Essai de défense du mécanisme psychologique (Memory and life: A defense of the mechanistic viewpoint in psychology)
  • Author/Creator: Pratt, Carroll C.
  • Language: English
  • Is Part Of: Psychological Bulletin, 1939, Vol.36(10), pp.834-835
  • Description: Reviews the book "La mémoire et la vie: Essai de défense du mécanisme psychologique," by Augier , in which the author presents a Gallic version of American behaviorism and broadens his arguments so that that the whole range of mental phenomena, from tropisms to insights, is brought within the scope of psychological objectivism. The gist of Augier's argument is that all concepts, if they are to have any scientific value, must be couched in language which makes use of spatial and temporal coordinates. The position which Augier defends is strikingly similar to that of the logical positivists and the operationists. The character of any given science is revealed by the language and logic of its concepts, not by its initial data of observation. Every paragraph of the present volume is permeated by the spirit of this newest hope in the logic and methodology of science.
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0033-2909 ; E-ISSN: 1939-1455 ; DOI: 10.1037/h0050999