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George Kelly: Cognitive Psychologist, Humanistic Psychologist, or Something Else Entirely? (2008)


George Kelly was regarded by some of his contemporaries as a cognitive psychologist and by others as a humanistic psychologist. Kelly himself resisted being rubricized. He did, however, name several people who had been influential in his life and work, one of whom was J.F. Herbart. A comparison of Herbart and Kelly reveals several similarities. Both shared a belief that psychology was fundamentally a mathematical discipline. Both eliminated distinctions usually taken for granted in psychology, such as emotion versus cognition. Reconstructing Kelly's relation to Herbart allows one to see more clearly why Kelly was such a unique figure in 20th century psychology. Keywords: George Kelly, Herbart, personal construct psychology, repertory grid

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Authors & Contributors
Sachs-Hombach, Klaus
Boudewijnse, Geert-Jan A.
Murray, David J.
Bandomir, Christina A.
Wittmann, Barbara
Leary, David E.
History of Psychology
History of the Human Sciences
Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
Wissenschaftliche Zeitschrift der Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Reihe
Psychologie und Geschichte
British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Psychology Press
Modern Humanities Research Association
Carlos Albizu University
Cambridge University Press
Cognitive psychology
Social psychology
Social sciences
Emotions; passions
Herbart, Johann Friedrich
Kant, Immanuel
Schelling, Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph von
Carus, Carl Gustav
Zeising, Adolf
Central Europe: Germany, Austria, Switzerland
19th century
20th century
20th century, early
18th century
16th century

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