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McDougall, William 1871-1938

Works: 212 works in 1,511 publications in 8 languages and 16,677 library holdings
Genres: Periodicals  History  Outlines and syllabi 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: HM251, 150
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An introduction to social psychology by William McDougall( Book )

242 editions published between 1906 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 1,944 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this little book I have attempted to deal with a difficult branch of psychology in a way that shall make it intelligible and interesting to any cultivated reader, and that shall imply no previous familiarity with psychological treatises on his part; for I hope that the book may be of service to students of all the social sciences, by providing them with the minimum of psychological doctrine that is an indispensable part of the equipment for work in any of these sciences. In Chapter II . I have tried to render fuller and clearer the conceptions of instinct and of instinctive process, from both the psychical and the nervous sides. In Chapter III. I have elaborated a principle, briefly enunciated in a previous work, which is, I believe, of the first importance for the understanding of the life of emotion and action-the principle, namely, that all emotion is the affective aspect of instinctive process. In Chapter IV. I have combated the current view that imitation is to be ascribed to an instinct of imitation; and I have attempted to give greater precision to the conception of suggestion, and to define the principal conditions of suggestibility. In Chapter V. I have attempted a physiological interpretation of Mr. Shand's doctrine of the sentiments, and have analysed the principal complex emotions in the light of this doctrine and of the principle laid down in Chapter II., respecting the relation of emotion to instinct. In Chapters VI., VII., VIII., and IX. I have applied Mr. Shand's doctrine of the sentiments and the results reached in the earlier chapters to the description of the organisation of the life of emotion and impulse, and have built upon these foundations an account which is more definite than any other with which I am acquainted"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
Body and mind; a history and a defense of animism by William McDougall( Book )

91 editions published between 1911 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,215 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 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 )

93 editions published between 1920 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,007 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this book I have sketched the principles of the mental life of groups, and have made a rough attempt to apply these principles to the understanding of the life of nations. It may seem to some minds astonishing that I should now admit that the substance of this book was committed to writing before the Great War; for that war is supposed by some to have revolutionised all our ideas of human nature and of national life. But the war has given me little reason to add to or to change what I had written. This may be either because I am too old to learn, or because what I had written was in the main true; and I am naturally disposed to accept the second explanation. I wish to make it clear to any would-be reader of this volume that it is a sequel to my Introduction to Social Psychology, that it builds upon that book and assumes that the reader is acquainted with it. I have striven to make this a strictly scientific work, rather than a philosophical one; that is to say, I have tried to ascertain and state the facts and principles of social life as it is and has been, without expressing my opinion as to what it should be. But, in order further to guard myself against the implications attached by German "idealism" to the notion of a collective mind, I wish to state that politically my sympathies are with individualism and internationalism, although I have, I think, fully recognised the great and necessary part played in human life by the Group Spirit, and by that special form of it which we now call 'Nationalism'
The journal of parapsychology( )

in English and held by 775 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Psychology, the study of behaviour by William McDougall( Book )

150 editions published between 1912 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 698 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 )

55 editions published between 1929 and 2015 in English and held by 540 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 )

38 editions published between 1924 and 2016 in English and held by 530 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The denial of the reality of teleological causation is the characteristic feature of contemporary science and justifies the designation Modern Materialism. In this book I have sought to show that, when Atomic Materialism is rejected, the remaining grounds for denying teleological causation are very flimsy; that Science is in the very act of repudiating the chief remaining ground, namely, the belief that conscious thinking cannot affect the course of physical events; and that we have the strongest possible grounds for believing that our own voluntary actions are instances of truly teleological intervention in the course of physical events." (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
The pagan tribes of Borneo by Charles Hose( Book )

46 editions published between 1912 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 517 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Progress in parapsychology( Book )

5 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 510 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

57 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 )

32 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 )

20 editions published between 1924 and 1925 in English and held by 379 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 )

14 editions published between 1921 and 2013 in English and held by 304 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)
Janus: the conquest of war; a psychological inquiry by William McDougall( Book )

13 editions published between 1927 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 250 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 216 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)
World chaos; the responsibility of science by William McDougall( Book )

16 editions published between 1931 and 2014 in English and held by 180 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
L'instinct d'après W. McDougall études de psychologie animale by Ed Janssens( Book )

2 editions published in 1938 in French and English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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An introduction to social psychology
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Makḍugal, Vilyam 1871-1938

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Вільям Мак-Дугалл

Мак-Дугалл, Уильям

Уилям Макдугъл

מעקדוגעל, וויליאם

מעקדוגעל, וויליאם 1871־1938

מקדוגל, ויליאם

מקדוגל, וילים



マクドーガル, ウイリアム

マクドーガル, ウイリヤム


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