History and Systems
Spring 2005
Mondays 9:00am – 12:00 pm

Jeffrey Kaye, Ph.D. — 415-362-8262
(Ofc. Hrs.
by appointment)

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History & Systems of Psychology
Course Syllabus


Textbooks: Readings in the History and Systems of Psychlogy, 2nd ed., J.F. Brennan, Ed.,
    Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1998

An Intellectual History of Psychology, 3rd ed., D.N. Robinson, Madison, Wisconsin:
    The University of Wisconsin Press, 1995

4/11/05Class 1 — Introduction to Class: Models of History and Scientific Change
Readings: Essays from the journal History of Psychology; Brennan, Ch. 1; handout;
"The Horla" (1887) by Guy de Maupassant (online at http://gaslight.mtroyal.ca/horlaX4.htm

4/18/05Class 2 — Hellenism and the Origins of Psychological Thought
: Robinson, Ch. 2 & 3; Brennan, Ch. 2 & 3

4/25/05Class 3 — British Empiricism: Associationist Psychology & the Scottish
“Common Sense” Psychology

: Robinson, Ch. 7; Brennan, Ch. 9 & 10; handout  

5/02/05Class 4 — Epistemology and “Innate Ideas”: Descartes, Hume, Kant
         Readings: Robinson, Ch. 8; Brennan, Ch. 6 & 11
            Online: “Declaration of the Rights of Man”,
                 approved by the National Assembly of France, August 26, 1789 –

5/09/05Class 5 — Materialism and “L’Homme Machine”: Spiritualism vs. Naturalism,
         Mesmerism and Phrenology
         Readings: Robinson, Ch. 9; Brennan, Ch. 8; handout;
            J. R. Haule (1986), "Pierre Janet and Dissociation: The first transference theory and 
                 its origins in hypnotism", American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, pp. 86-94; online at

5/16/05Class 6 — The Rise of Psychology as a Scientific Discipline in the 19th Century
         Readings: Robinson, Ch. 10; Brennan, Ch. 12, 14, 15 & 17  

6/23/05Class 7 — The Splintering of Psychology into its Modern Components
(Clinical, Comparative, Social, Developmental, Mental Measurement, etc.)
Readings: Robinson, Ch. 11; Brennan, Ch. 18, 20

5/30/05Memorial Day Holiday — No class

6/06/05Class 8 — The Splintering of Psychology into its Modern Ideologies/Systems
Behaviorism, Functionalism, Structuralism, Gestalt, etc.)
         Readings: Robinson, Ch. 12; Brennan, Ch. 22, 24 (handout)

6/13/05Class 9 — Freud and Psychoanalysis: A Guest Lecture
         Readings: Brennan, Ch. 18; selections from Freud, 
            also P. Newton, “Freud’s mid-life crisis” (handout)

EVALUATION: Based primarily on class attendance, doing the readings, and participation in class discussion. Students will be asked to make a short presentation.


Brennan, J. F. (Ed.), Readings in the History and Systems of Psychology, 2nd ed.
Robinson, D. N., An Intellectual History of Psychology, 3rd ed.
Online material, as listed by class


Boring, E. (1957). A History of Experimental Psychology

Danziger, K. (1990). Constructing the Subject: Historical Origins of Psychological Research

Darwin, C. (1871). The Descent of Man

Ellenberger, H. F. (1970). The Discovery of the Unconscious: 
The History and Evolution of Dynamic Psychiatry

Foucault, M. (1965). Madness and Civilization

Freud, S. (1952/1935). An Autobiographical Study

Gay, P. (1988). Freud: A Life for Our Time

Gould, S. J. (1996/1981). The Mismeasure of Man, (rev. ed.)

Grosskurth, P. (1987). Melanie Klein: Her World and Her Work

Jansz, J. & van Drunen, P. (2004). A Social History of Psychology

Kevles, D. J. (1985). In the Name of Eugenics: Genetics and the Uses of Human Heredity

Kuhn, T. S. (1962). The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

Marks, J. (1979).  The Search for the Manchurian Candidate: The CIA and Mind Control:
The Secret History of the Behavioral Sciences

Newton, P. (1996). Freud: From Youthful Dream to Mid-life Crisis

Richards, R. J. (1987). Darwin and the Emergence of Evolutionary Theories
of Mind and Behavior

Sedgwick, P. (1982). Psychopolitics: Laing, Foucault, Goffman, Szasz, and
the Future of Mass Psychiatry

Young, R. M. (1990). Mind, Brain, and Adaptation in the Nineteenth Century

"It needs twenty years to lead man from the plant state in which he is within his mother 's womb, and the pure animal state which is the lot of his early childhood, to the state when the maturity of the reason begins to appear. It has needed thirty centuries to learn a little about his structure. It would need eternity to learn something about his soul. It takes an instant to kill him."

Voltaire, Philosophical Dictionary, "General Reflection on Man"
see http://history.hanover.edu/texts/voltaire/volman.html