chapter  Chapter 13
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Philosophical critiques

WithL.S. Hearnshaw

Up to the year 1879 psychology, in spite of the scientific trimmings which it had begun to acquire, was still regarded basically as a branch of philosophy, and, in the English-speaking world at least, the reverse proposition, that philosophy was dependent on psychological foundations, was equally generally held. The journal Mind, which first appeared in 1876, and which claimed to be ‘the first English journal devoted to psychology and philosophy’, 1 though it referred to the ‘need to procure a discussion as to the scientific standing of psychology’, nevertheless maintained that the subjects were inextricably linked, and that psychology could never be fully assimilated to the natural sciences.