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The Force of an IdeaWolff’s Idea of Psychometria

The Force of an Idea: Wolff’s Idea of Psychometria [Traditionally, Wolff has been conceived as the champion of rationalism. The aim of this chapter is to propose an alternative reading of Wolff’s philosophy and empirical psychology, starting from one of his most interesting intuitions: the concept of psychometria (psychometrics). On the one hand, I will undertake an analysis of Wolff’s interest in the measurement of psychological acts during the first half of the Eighteenth Century. On the other hand, I will develop an analysis of psychometrics through the main work of Robert Greene, The Principles of Philosophy of the Expansive and Contractive Forces or an Inquiry into the Principles of the Modern Philosophy (1727), which Wolff reviewed in the Acta Eruditorum in 1728. Greene’s intuition of psychometrics played a considerable role in the development of Wolff’s conceptions of empirical psychology. And that found a setback after Wolff, until the foundation of Wundt’s laboratory of experimental psychology in Leipzig.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

The Force of an IdeaWolff’s Idea of Psychometria

Part of the Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Book Series (volume 50)
Editors: Araujo, Saulo de Freitas; Pereira, Thiago Constâncio Ribeiro; Sturm, Thomas
The Force of an Idea — Jul 17, 2021

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Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright
© Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2021
ISBN
978-3-030-74434-2
Pages
89 –103
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-74435-9_6
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Abstract

[Traditionally, Wolff has been conceived as the champion of rationalism. The aim of this chapter is to propose an alternative reading of Wolff’s philosophy and empirical psychology, starting from one of his most interesting intuitions: the concept of psychometria (psychometrics). On the one hand, I will undertake an analysis of Wolff’s interest in the measurement of psychological acts during the first half of the Eighteenth Century. On the other hand, I will develop an analysis of psychometrics through the main work of Robert Greene, The Principles of Philosophy of the Expansive and Contractive Forces or an Inquiry into the Principles of the Modern Philosophy (1727), which Wolff reviewed in the Acta Eruditorum in 1728. Greene’s intuition of psychometrics played a considerable role in the development of Wolff’s conceptions of empirical psychology. And that found a setback after Wolff, until the foundation of Wundt’s laboratory of experimental psychology in Leipzig.]

Published: Jul 17, 2021

Keywords: Christian Wolff; Robert Greene; Psychometrics; Empirical psychology; History of psychology; History of philosophy

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