Measurement in Psychology: A Critical History of a Methodological Concept (Ideas in Context)

Measurement in Psychology: A Critical History of a Methodological Concept (Ideas in Context)

Joel Michell


This ebook lines how the sort of probably immutable concept as dimension proved so controversial whilst it collided with the subject material of psychology. This ebook addresses philosophical and social affects (such as scientism, practicalism, and Pythagoreanism) reshaping the idea that of dimension and identifies a basic challenge on the center of this reshaping: the problem of no matter if mental attributes fairly are quantitative. the writer argues that the assumption of size now recommended inside of psychology really subverts makes an attempt to set up a really quantitative technology, and he urges a brand new course. This quantity relates perspectives on dimension through thinkers resembling Hölder, Russell, Campbell, and Nagel to past perspectives, like these of Euclid and Oresme. in the heritage of psychology, it considers contributions by way of Fechner, Cattell, Thorndike, Stevens and Suppes, between others. It additionally features a nontechnical exposition of conjoint size idea and up to date foundational paintings through top dimension theorist R. Duncan Luce. This thought-provoking booklet may be fairly valued through researchers within the fields of mental background and philosophy of technology.

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