C. Lloyd Morgan: Something Old That's Often New

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(9), 677–680. Presents a retrospective review of the book, An Introduction to Comparative Psychology by C. Lloyd Morgan (1894). Morgan was an epistemologist, preoccupied with the problem of how a single human mind can know anything outside of itself, whether it be the mind of another human or of a nonhuman animal. The book is anthropocentric throughout, even in its very organization. Typically, there is a chapter or two dealing with the operation of some psychical faculty in humans followed, by a companion chapter concerned with the same faculty in nonhuman species. Intermixed with the philosophical preoccupation and anthropocentric speculation is a rich assortment of gems anticipatory of a modern view of comparative psychology and well worth the sometimes tedious mining process. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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