British Psychological Society History of the Psychological Disciplines Seminar Series

Sponsored by the British Psychological Society. Open to the public.

Organiser: Professor Sonu Shamdasani (UCL)

Tuesday 22nd January

Professor Saulo de Freitas Araujo (Universidade de Federal de Juiz de Fora, Brazil)

The Role of Philosophy in Wundtian Psychology: Towards a New Interpretation of Wundt’s Psychological Project

Despite the numerous and important contributions brought by Wundt scholarship in recent decades, some aspects of his work remain unclear and poorly understood. The aim of this talk is to explore one of these aspects, namely, the relationship between philosophy and psychology in Wundt’s thought. To this end, we shall discuss an important yet neglected moment in Wundtian psychology, which remains unexplained to date: why did Wundt abandon his early theory of the unconscious? According to the interpretation offered here, this can only be adequately explained by his intense philosophical studies in the period preceding the publication of the Grundzüge in 1874, especially in relation to Kant. Finally, we will point out some implications of this analysis to the general interpretation of Wundt’s psychological project.

Time: 6pm to 7.30pm

Location: UCL Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, Room 544,* 5th Floor, 1‑19 Torrington Place, London WC1E 7HB

Directions: From the main reception, go through the double doors at the back and turn left, walk the length of this corridor and at the very end turn left again ‑ you will find yourself in front of the ‘West’ Lifts. Take these to 5th Floor. On exiting the lift, turn right through double doors and then left through single door, walk the length of this corridor pass through another door and then turn right ‑ you will see a marble table ahead. Room 544 is straight ahead.

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