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November 1969

Western Psychology.

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By Gardner and Lois Murphy. Price, $8.50. Pp 312. Basic Books, Inc., Publishers, 404 Park Ave S, New York 10016, 1969.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1969;21(5):637. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1969.01740230125025

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This is the second volume of a trilogy edited by the Murphys. The first volume, Asian Psychology, was reviewed in a previous number of the Archives. A third, intended to include developmental and psychoanalytic psychologies, the Sechanov and Pavlovian system, and altered ego states, is yet to appear. The present volume extends from the Greek classical period and ends with William James. The technique is simple: to quote from the authors themselves (this is the editing function, ably helped by Professor Richard P. McKeon of the University of Chicago for the Greek psychology) and to offer interpretative material so that the reader may gain a perspective on the relationship of each author to his culture and to the field of psychology (this is the creative function of the authors). The emphasis on the influence of cultural changes on Western psychology does not exclude the

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