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In terms, psychology (TR:5) (LH:5) (TL:10), from the Greek Psyche, meaning "[add]" + -logy meaning "doctrine, theory, science"[1], refers to []


Purposive psychology

In 1924, Edgar Pierce, in his The Philosophy of Character, building on Ferdinand Schiller, specifically his Humanism (1903) and Studies in Humanism (1907), and some works of Henri Bergson, while concordantly rejecting the earlier theories of William James, as being left in an unsatisfactory state, Hugo Munsterberg, as unintelligible, and William McDougall, as being unacceptable, attempted to outline a theory of purpose and character defined within physical theory, in the form of what he calls "purposive psychology".[2]


The following are quotes:

“If philosophy and psychology are more than mere pernicious pastimes, they must aid in the building of this new society, they must furnish the fundamentals very sound theory of character, for on development of character all else depends.”
Edgar Pierce (1924), The Philosophy of Character (pg. 3); cited by James Salazar (2010) in Bodies of Reform (pg. 264)[3]

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  1. Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, 2000.
  2. Pierce, Edgar. (1924). The Philosophy of Character (Elective Affinities, pgs. 400-01). Harvard.
  3. Salazar, James. (2010). Bodies of Reform: The Rhetoric of Character in Gilded Age America (pg. 264). Publisher.

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