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More Examples, Less Theory : Historical Studies of Writing Psychology (Paperback)

| Cambridge University Press | 10/3/2019

ISBN-10 : 1108736025   ISBN-13 : 9781108736022   List Price : $29.99

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In his new book, Michael Billig uses psychology's past to argue that nowadays, when we write about the mind, we should use more examples and less theory. He provides a series of historical studies, analysing how key psychological writers used examples. Billig offers new insights about famous analysts of the mind, such as Locke, James, Freud, Tajfel and Lewin. He also champions unfairly forgotten figures, like the Earl of Shaftesbury and the eccentric Abraham Tucker. There is a cautionary chapter on Lacan, warning what can happen when examples are ignored. Marie Jahoda is praised as the ultimate example: a psychologist from the twentieth century with a social and rhetorical imagination fit for the twenty-first. More Examples, Less Theory is an easy-to-read book that will inform and entertain academics and their students. It will particularly appeal to those who enjoy the details of examples rather than the simplifications of big theory.

By examining key psychologists from the past, this book shows why examples are so important and theory is over-valued.

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  • ISBN-10: 1108736025
  • ISBN-13: 9781108736022
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 298
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