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Wilhelm Dilthey (1833-1911) and Eduard Spranger (1882-1963) on the developing person

Teo, Thomas (2003) Wilhelm Dilthey (1833-1911) and Eduard Spranger (1882-1963) on the developing person . Humanistic Psychology 31(1).

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Abstract

At the end of the 19th century most psychologists conceptualized psychology as a natural science. However, a few philosopher-psychologists, including Wilhelm Dilthey, envisioned psychology as a Geisteswissenschaft with understanding as its core method. It is less known that Dilthey also promoted ideas for developmental psychology. This paper addresses the views of Wilhelm Dilthey and his student Eduard Spranger on the human mind and developmental psychology. While Dilthey provided general guidelines for studying mental life, Spranger promoted a holistic characterization of adolescence gained through the method of understanding. It is suggested that a geisteswissenschaftliche psychology may offer relevant, yet, neglected insights for contemporary developmental psychology.

EPrint Type:Journal (On-line/Unpaginated)
Keywords:hermeneutic psychology
Subjects:History > Intellectual
Chronology > 19th Century
Psychology > Child/Developmental
Psychology > Qualitative Approaches
Theory > Hermeneutics
Psychology > Humanistic
Geography > Europe
Psychology > Methodology
ID Code:176
Deposited By:Teo, Thomas
Deposited On:28 July 2003
Alternative Locations:http://www.yorku.ca/tteo/teach/Teo2003.htm