by Ronald Fletcher To commit a quantity to Freud in a sequence on 'The Making of Sociology' may appear, to a couple readers, very unusual. Freud, they could argue, used to be not just (and very explicitly) a psychologist, but in addition (and both explicitly) a medical psychologist, whose such a lot fast preoccupation used to be that of attempting to treatment the psychological health problems of his sufferers. moreover, he used to be a psychologist who insisted on pertaining to his theories as heavily as attainable to organic and physiological proof. All this, in fact, is correct. yet to undertake this view as one that tremendously marks Freud off from sociology is a simple mistake, and one that exhibits how unfortunately topics that have been as soon as visible as being primarily interrelated were pressured into fake separation via the present style of'specialization'-necessary and proper whilst it's soundly conceived, yet intellectually disastrous while it isn't. it's important to remember that each one the most important thinkers who contributed to the making of sociology-from Comte and Spencer to Ward, Giddings, Tonnies, Durkheim, Hobhouse, Weber, Simmel, Pareto (this can be a very lengthy record I)-were, actually, confident in regards to the shut relationships among biology, psychology and sociology. an identical is correct of the entire significant anthropologists. the easy fact is that each one those males have been severely and creatively partaking within the revolution which was once occurring in man's method of his wisdom of nature, and of his personal nature and position inside it.
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26 Psychoanalytic Therapy as Communication The distinction between natural science and the sciences concerned with human action must be developed further in a way which Freud himself failed to do. -vis psychology, and thought of his own theory in psychoanalysis as capable of being stated in terms of a mechanistic model of energy-flows which could be measured quantitatively. In so far as Freud thought he had done psychology as a natural science, he has been vulnerable to critics within psychology who have applied natural scientific criteria to his work and found it wanting.
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10. I I. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. See R. , London, 1971. See J. Goody, 'Evolution and Communication: the Domestication of the Savage Mind', in British Journal rif Sociology, Vol. XXIV, 1973, pp. 1-12. This paper does not mention Freud, but does establish the importance of evolutionary concerns in early sociology. See M. Jay, The Dialectical Imagination, London, 1973. T. Parsons, Social Structure and Personality, New York, 1964. A good summary of these arguments is to be found in H.