Folk Psychology and Descriptive Psychology – in the Contexts of Historicism, Relativism and Naturalism /Völkerpsychologie und beschreibende Psychologie – im Kontext von Historismus, Relativismus und Naturalismus.
Workshop / Tagung
Vienna, University Campus, Alte Kapelle.
Conference languages are English and German
Late 19th-century German language philosophy and humanities saw the emergence of two important (related) approaches: Folk Psychology (Völkerpsychologie) and Descriptive Psychology (beschreibende Psychologie). The main representatives of these currents were Chaim H. Steinthal and Wilhelm Dilthey, as well as many of their pupils and followers. One could mention here Hermann Cohen, Moritz Lazarus, Gustav Glogau, Georg Simmel, Wilhelm Wundt, Karl Mannheim, Paul Natorp, Rudolf Carnap, and Georg Spranger. Although Folk and Descriptive Psychology were highly influential for some time, they were quickly forgotten in the 20th century. Until recently, histories of psychology, sociology and philosophy have paid little attention to these developments. Indeed, even in key figures such as Steinthal, Dilthey, or Cohen, their involvement with Folk and Descriptive Psychology is often ignored. The aim of this workshop is to invite scholars working on the history of psychology, of sociology, of the humanities, and of philosophy to reconsider historiographical and philosophical aspects of this important current. Topics of the conference will be: (1) an exegesis of the key contributions of Steinthal and Dilthey; (2) historical analyses of positive receptions of Folk Psychology and Descriptive Psychology; (3) historical analyses of negative responses to Folk Psychology and Descriptive Psychology, e.g. in phenomenology, experimental psychology, and various currents of (Neo )Kantianism; (4) philosophical investigations of the current relevance of Folk and Descriptive Psychologies.
PROGRAME / PROGRAMM
Wednesday, April 26
09:00-10:00 Katherina Kinzel (Universität Wien): “Descriptive psychology and historical values. Revisiting the charges of ‘psychologism’ and ‘historicism’”
15:00-16:00 Johannes Steizinger (Universität Wien): "Continuity, Connection and Nexus. A Sociological Reading of Dilthey's Philosophy"
Thursday, April 27
09:00-10:00 Michael Heidelberger (Universität Tübingen): "1879: ein Wendepunkt auch für die Völkerpsychologie"
17:00-18:00 Gary Hatfield (University of Pennsylvania): “Wundt and Higher Cognition”
Friday, April 28
09:00-10:00 Gerald Hartung (Bergische Universität Wuppertal): „Die Sprachtheorie in Wundts Völkerpsychologie“
Contact / Kontakt
This Workshop is part of the research projects "Early Carnap in Context. Three Case Studies and the Diaries" (FWF research grant P27733) and "The Emergence of Relativism" (ERC advanced grant 339382 ).
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