Psychology & Philosophy

  1. Jessie L Watson profile image96
    Jessie L Watsonposted 8 months ago

    I had an epiphany today during a meditation.

    Psychology is of the youngest of the natural sciences with the oldest philosophical underpinnings.

    There are two major advantages to this. The first is that there is so much new territory to uncover. We know less about the brain than we do the cosmos, for example. A mathematician can tell us that there will be an inevitable heat death of the universe. What can a modern psychologist tell you about the fate of mankind before that happens?

    The second is that we have thousands (perhaps tens or hundreds of thousands) of years of ancient wisdom to draw from  (not excluding the rationalists of the enlightenment) as we contend with the paradoxical nature of the human soul.  Carl Rogers, for example, was heavily influenced by phenomenologist/existentialist Martin Heidegger whose literature has been invaluable to me as well as many others like Kant, Hegel, Sartre, Nietzsche, and so on. I recommend reading all the classic literary works of the enlightenment and ancient philosophy(Socrates, The Stoics, Pythagoras, etc).. The Great Courses has a lecture series called "The Great Ideas of Philosophy". You can find it on audible for around 50 bucks, but if you're a first-timer, use your free credit!

    1. promisem profile image96
      promisemposted 8 months agoin reply to this

      You might want to read or listen to the classic book "Story of Philosophy" by Will Durant.

      If you do, it offers great insights into the transition between philosophy and psychology.

      1. Jessie L Watson profile image96
        Jessie L Watsonposted 8 months agoin reply to this

        I will check that out. Thank you!

 
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