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By Charles W. Tolman

During this quantity, Klaus Holzkamp and his colleagues offer a coherent and commonly elaborated description of serious Psychology--a conception of the evolution of the social structure of human cognizance and different types of psychological activity--which has been in improvement in Germany for greater than two decades and constitutes a thorough critique and reconstruction of medical psychology from a dialectical and old- materialistic standpoint. Its target is to supply a less attackable starting place than shortly exists for a psychology that's methodologically sound, virtually proper, and theoretically determinate. during this quantity, Tolman and Maiers coordinate the contributions of a number of German psychologists led by way of Klaus Holzkamp and his colleagues. Infused with theoretical sophistication, the papers aspect the results of severe Psychology on a number of fronts: a idea of feelings, kinds of psychotherapy, the influence of automation within the place of work, and a conception of studying. Chapters construct upon one another, going from normal problems with technique to extra particular concerns. severe Psychology: Contributions to an historic technology of the topic is the 1st ebook to make severe Psychology available to an English-speaking viewers. As a principal strength within the exploration of task conception, this paintings could be of curiosity to cognitive psychologists, developmental psychologists, social anthropologists, and educators.

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They came, not surprisingly, to the conclusion that the chimpanzee (following an advantageous beginning) could not keep up with the child in the socialization process, but rather remained behind within the confines of its species-specific, biological potential. In the similarly motivated more recent experimental attempts to teach chimpanzees to "speak," although some amount of sign language was acquired after months of systematic training, the results have not been interpreted even by the greatest optimists to mean that the chimpanzees had learned to speak in a truly human sense.

50 51 Thus if dialectical materialism is to remain potentially "militant" with regard to questions about the psyche, or about the "nature" of human beings, it must be presumed that the possibilities of answering such questions exist in Marxist theory or can be developed from it. Moreover, since Marxism is unquestionably a theory in which the analysis of economic relations and movements assumes a central and absolute position, it will be necessary to comprehend economic analysis, and to define the concept "economy" in such a way that propositions about "human nature" can be understood and substantiated as results (in the broadest sense) of such an "economic" analysis.

On the contrary, humans already have behind them a long period of phylogenetic development of their natural life possibilities, which culminates in a particular concrete stage of development. Obviously we must be acquainted with this stage if we are to determine which of the characteristics arising with this qualitatively new level constitutes the human nature of the individual, that is, what Societal and Individual Life Processes 57 precisely in the inner nature of the living being is becoming socialized through the specifically human learning and developmental potential that has come with the transition to the economic life production form.

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