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E. G. Boring: Reflections on a Discipline Builder

John J. Cerullo
The American Journal of Psychology
Vol. 101, No. 4 (Winter, 1988), pp. 561-575
DOI: 10.2307/1423233
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1423233
Page Count: 15
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Abstract

Edwin Garrigues Boring, once among the most respected and influential historians of psychology and a major force in the American profession, has recently come under heavy criticism as a doctrinaire positivist who impeded the development of important branches of the field. Yet, given the spectrum of opinion in his own time on the proper character of psychology, Boring's works show him to be a moderate, ecumenical "centrist" rather than a dogmatic extremist. The downward revision in assessments of Boring (accomplished, ironically, in part with some of his own intellectual constructs) seem to reflect a new constellation of views on the nature of psychological science.

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