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McDougall, William 1871-1938

Works: 215 works in 1,471 publications in 9 languages and 16,416 library holdings
Genres: Periodicals  History  Outlines and syllabi 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: BF131, 150
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An introduction to social psychology by William McDougall( Book )

250 editions published between 1906 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 1,970 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book serves as an introductory text which covers various aspects of social psychology. The book pays particular attention to the following topics: (1) the mental characters of man of primary importance for his life in society, and (2) the operation of the primary tendencies of the human mind in the life of societies." (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
Outline of abnormal psychology by William McDougall( Book )

109 editions published between 1907 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 1,463 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Body and mind; a history and a defense of animism by William McDougall( Book )

81 editions published between 1911 and 2013 in English and held by 1,078 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In writing this volume my primary aim has been to provide for students of psychology and philosophy, within a moderate compass, a critical survey of modern opinion and discussion upon the psycho-physical problem, the problem of the relation between body and mind. Among the great questions debated by philosophers in every age the psychophysical problem occupies a special position, in that it is one in which no thoughtful person can fail to be interested; for any answer to this question must have some bearing upon the fundamental doctrines of religion and upon our estimate of man's position and destiny in the world. The greater part of this book is, then, occupied with a survey of modern discussions and modern theories of the psycho-physical relation; but without some knowledge of the course of development of speculation upon this topic it is impossible to understand the present state of opinion. I have written, therefore, in the earlier chapters a very brief history of the thought of preceding ages. The sub-title describes this book as a defense, as well as a history, of Animism. I hasten to offer some explanation of this description, lest the mere title of the book should repel a considerable number of possible readers. It is perhaps hardly necessary to say that the Animism I defend is not of this primitive type. But this is only one variety of Animism, one which seems to have been reached by extending the essential animistic notion far beyond its original and proper sphere of application. The modern currency and usage of the word derives chiefly from Professor Tylor's "Primitive Culture," and I use it with the general connotation given it in that celebrated treatise"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
The journal of parapsychology by Foundation for Research on the Nature of Man (Durham)( )

in English and held by 777 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

ProQuest electronic version of: The Journal of parapsychology. Supports browsing, searching, and printing of documents
The group mind, a sketch of the principles of collective psychology, with some attempt to apply them to the interpretation of national life and character by William McDougall( Book )

69 editions published between 1920 and 2012 in English and held by 777 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Participation in group life degrades the individual, assimilating his mental processes to those of the crowd, whose brutality, inconstancy, and unreasoning impulsiveness have been the theme of many writers; yet only by participation in group life does man become fully man, only so does he rise above the level of the savage. The resolution of this paradox is the essential theme of this book. It examines and fully recognises the mental and moral defects of the crowd and its degrading effects upon all those who are caught up in it and carried away by the contagion of its reckless spirit. It then goes on to show how organisation of the group may, and generally does in large measure, counteract these degrading tendencies; and how the better kinds of organisation render group life the great ennobling influence by aid of which alone man rises a little above the animals and may even aspire to fellowship with the angels." (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)
Psychology, the study of behaviour by William McDougall( Book )

146 editions published between 1912 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 692 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What is psychology? With what is it concerned? What are the questions it seeks to answer? How is it setting about its task? What are its methods? What progress has it made? Is it a science in an advanced stage of development? Or is it one merely beginning to find its feet, to take definite shape, and to map out clearly its programme of work? Above all, what may we hope from it in the way of addition to our power of understanding human nature and of contributing to the welfare of mankind? These are the questions which I shall attempt to answer in this book as simply as the difficulties of the subject will permit; hoping that some at least of my readers will be led to feel the fascination of the study and stimulated to pursue it further in one or more of its several branches. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2004 APA, all rights reserved)
The energies of men; a study of the fundamentals of dynamic psychology by William McDougall( Book )

52 editions published between 1929 and 2015 in English and held by 534 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published in 1932, the original blurb states: "This is a simplified condensation of the author' s two volumes, An Outline of Psychology and An Outline of Abnormal Psychology, which together give a comprehensive survey of the principles and findings of modern psychology. This is designed as an introduction to the scientific study of man and society for those who have not time or inclination to pursue the more recondite problems of mind. It is suitable for college use in the introductory course. It concentrates on the dynamics of the
Modern materialism and emergent evolution by William McDougall( Book )

37 editions published between 1924 and 2016 in English and held by 529 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The question of the reality of teleological action has been remarkably neglected. We have had much discussion of the evidence for design in Nature; but those who incline to regard that evidence as respectable, equally with those who regard it as convincing, have seldom examined the prior and more fundamental question, namely: Is there good reason to believe that causal processes are or can be in any instances governed by design? Among contemporary thinkers, the vast majority of men of science and, I think, a considerable majority of philosophers, assume that all causation is of one type only, namely, the mechanistic type, that teleological causation does not occur, or, at least, that all instances of seemingly teleological causation are but specially complicated and obscure forms of mechanistic causation. The dominance of modern thinking by this assumption is the essence of what in this book is meant by Modern Materialism"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
Progress in parapsychology( Book )

5 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 513 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The pagan tribes of Borneo by Charles Hose( Book )

38 editions published between 1912 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 501 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Character and the conduct of life; practical psychology for everyman by William McDougall( Book )

56 editions published between 1927 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 478 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Religion and the sciences of life; with other essays on allied topics by William McDougall( Book )

29 editions published between 1932 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 401 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This volume collects a few of the many essays and addresses I have scattered in various journals and magazines during the last forty years, together with three that have not previously appeared in their present form. In selecting these essays I have been guided partly by the desire to present matter likely to be of interest to the general reader; but also I have aimed at a certain unity of topic and argument, a unity indicated by the title of the volume. Man, I contend, is more than a machine, and more than a mirror that reflects the world about him. He is an active being with power to direct his strivings towards ideal goals; and there is ground for belief that those goals are neither wholly illusory nor wholly unattainable. Critics will say that the tone of this volume is pessimistic. But that will be unjust. I am constitutionally optimistic; and if these essays strike a somber note, that is the consequence of my lifelong studies of man, his powers, his efforts, his successes, his failures, his follies, his crimes, and his dreams of nobility. Man is a feeble and fallible creature; and he is in a most difficult and dangerous situation. The discerning reader will see that the more popularly written essay, "Was Darwin Wrong?" is intimately related to the larger questions discussed in the opening essays of the volume. For the two essays on psychical research I offer no apology. They sufficiently express my attitude to that field. As for the essays on eugenic topics, they will inevitably antagonize a considerable proportion of those who dip into this volume. I am encouraged almost to hope that at some remote date my Eugenia scheme may be realized by some enlightened multi-millionaire." (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2009 APA, all rights reserved)
Ethics and some modern world problems by William McDougall( Book )

21 editions published between 1924 and 1925 in English and held by 380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Janus: the conquest of war; a psychological inquiry by William McDougall( Book )

16 editions published between 1924 and 1972 in English and held by 269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William McDougall: explorer of the mind; studies in psychical research by William McDougall( Book )

3 editions published in 1967 in English and held by 257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The frontiers of psychology by William McDougall( Book )

20 editions published between 1934 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The title of this volume might be understood in either or both of two senses. It might be taken to point to that mass of disputable and much disputed phenomena which are commonly ignored by the academic psychologist or, at the best, relegated by him to a special field of 'psychical research'. I use the word 'frontier' more literally, namely, to point to the relatively unexplored regions that lie between the recognised provinces of the established sciences. For in those regions (always the most fascinating to the curious mind) lie many problems which may be solved only by co-operation of two or more sciences. More than any other science, psychology is, or must inevitably become, involved in such co-operative efforts. In this little book it has been possible to treat only a small part of the vast regions indicated by its title. I have selected for discussion a few leading examples of typical frontier problems. It seemed necessary to preface these discussions with some remarks on the relations of the sciences to one another and to philosophy, and with some reflections on scientific method, truth, causation and the pragmatic principle. These are difficult topics to handle in a few pages. My hope of having made myself intelligible to the lay reader lies in the fact that my views on all these much-debated matters are simple, clear-cut, consistent, mature and emphatic"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2008 APA, all rights reserved)
The battle of behaviorism; an exposition and an exposure by John B Watson( Book )

29 editions published between 1928 and 2007 in English and held by 233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Physiological psychology by William McDougall( Book )

34 editions published between 1905 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"It is now generally recognized that all students of the mind should have some knowledge of the structure and functions of the nervous system. Unfortunately it is not usual, and in many cases it is not possible, for students of psychology to make that thorough study of the nervous system which is desirable, and even those of them who are fortunate in this respect find some difficulty in bringing their physiological and anatomical knowledge into relation with that which they acquire by the study of works on psychology. The writer of this little book has therefore sketched in broad outlines the structure and principles of action of the nervous system and, assuming on the part of his readers some acquaintance with the general principles of psychology, has endeavoured to show how each of these two bodies of doctrine, the physiological and the psychological, supplements the other, deepening our insight into the processes that result in the actions of men and animals, and how the conjunction of the two kinds of research brings before us a number of problems of the deepest interest that remain hidden so long as we confine our attention to one or other of these sciences"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
Is America safe for democracy? Six lectures given at the Lowell Institute of Boston, under the title "Anthropology and history, or The influence of anthropologic constitution on the destinies of nations," by William McDougall( Book )

9 editions published between 1921 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 202 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"I have therefore brought together in these few lectures the findings of mental anthropology, which are now beginning to be garnered on a large scale; and I have tried to indicate, in as impartial and scientific a manner as is possible in this still obscure field, their bearing upon the great problems of national welfare and national decay. The body of the book is the substance of six lectures given at the Lowell Institute of Boston in the spring of this year. I have added in foot-notes some evidential matter which may be neglected by the cursory reader. And in appendices I have put forward certain proposals which, if they could be put into practice, would, I think, go far to remedy the present disastrous state of affairs. I would especially draw the attention of readers interested in political, economic, or social science to the evidence cited in this volume which indicates very strongly, if it does not finally prove, that the social stratification which exists in modern industrial communities is positively correlated with a corresponding stratification of innate moral and intellectual quality, or, in less technical language, that the upper social strata, as compared with the lower, contain a larger proportion of persons of superior natural endowments"--Foreword. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)
World chaos; the responsibility of science by William McDougall( Book )

15 editions published between 1931 and 2014 in English and held by 178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book, first published 1931, examines the attitudes surrounding the natural sciences at the time of writing, and contends that an unreflective belief in the power of science, and especially in humanity's capacity to turn such knowledge to noble ends, could lead to catastrophic results for human civilisation. Commenting on the forced industrialisation in Russia, India and China that was proceeding with little regard for human life at the time, the unsustainable inequality generated by modern Western capitalism and many other related issues, the author argues that it is necessary to devote t
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An introduction to social psychology
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מעקדוגעל, וויליאם 1871־1938

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Body and mind; a history and a defense of animismThe group mind, a sketch of the principles of collective psychology, with some attempt to apply them to the interpretation of national life and characterThe pagan tribes of BorneoThe battle of behaviorism; an exposition and an exposure