Crisis, as a construct, recurs in the history of psychology and has attracted the attention of psychological historians and philosophers in recent years, who have given life not only to a debate about psychological historiography, but also to a philosophical-epistemological reflection about the foundations of scientific psychology. These scholars, however, ignore the Italian literature on the theme, which is rich with useful details for both areas. After an analysis of the different meanings historically applied to the term crisis, this article examines the history of Italian psychology with a description of the origins and developments and with special attention paid to the construct of crisis. The analysis covers both the output of early 20th-century Italian psychologists on the theme, and how this has been treated in historians’ reconstruction of the theme. The article provides new historiographical elements within the framework of international research on the crisis.

The “crisis” of psychology between fragmentation and integration: The Italian case / Proietto, M. G.; Lombardo, Giovanni Pietro Vladimiro. - In: THEORY & PSYCHOLOGY. - ISSN 0959-3543. - STAMPA. - 25:3(2015), pp. 313-327. [10.1177/0959354315578726]

The “crisis” of psychology between fragmentation and integration: The Italian case

LOMBARDO, Giovanni Pietro Vladimiro
2015

Abstract

Crisis, as a construct, recurs in the history of psychology and has attracted the attention of psychological historians and philosophers in recent years, who have given life not only to a debate about psychological historiography, but also to a philosophical-epistemological reflection about the foundations of scientific psychology. These scholars, however, ignore the Italian literature on the theme, which is rich with useful details for both areas. After an analysis of the different meanings historically applied to the term crisis, this article examines the history of Italian psychology with a description of the origins and developments and with special attention paid to the construct of crisis. The analysis covers both the output of early 20th-century Italian psychologists on the theme, and how this has been treated in historians’ reconstruction of the theme. The article provides new historiographical elements within the framework of international research on the crisis.
2015
crisis; historiographical periodization; history of psychology; psychological epistemology; theoretical fragmentation
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The “crisis” of psychology between fragmentation and integration: The Italian case / Proietto, M. G.; Lombardo, Giovanni Pietro Vladimiro. - In: THEORY & PSYCHOLOGY. - ISSN 0959-3543. - STAMPA. - 25:3(2015), pp. 313-327. [10.1177/0959354315578726]
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