"Psychology has a long past but a short history" wrote psychologist Herman Ebbinghaus. This podcast covers the major philosophical, scientific, religious, and cultural trends that contributed to the formation of modern psychology. Digging deeply into the past, ably guided by the lifelong work of Dr. C. George Boeree, this podcast explores both Western and Eastern thinking on human psychology, offers insightful interpretations, and tells the fascinating story of psychology's long past right up to it's current history.
Students of philosophy, religion, psychology, and history will find ideas that bring psychology to life in the mind of the listener. (Listeners can email Professor Todd at ToddDaniel@MissouriState.edu)
The Story of Psyche and Eros
Western intellectual history always begins with the ancient Greeks. It was the Greeks that educated the Romans and it was the records of these same Greeks, kept and studied by the Moslem and Jewish scholars as well as Christian monks, that educated Europe after a long dark age.
Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle
When we think of ancient Greece, we think right away of Athens. But Athens wasn’t always great. The world’s first democracy grew from it founding to become the birthplace of Greek philosophy. The troika of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle are foundational to Western culture and psychology.
Epicureans and Stoics
After Plato and Aristotle, the concerns of the philosophers moved further and further from metaphysics, epistemology, and anything resembling modern science, to the issue that had always concerned the ancient Greeks the most – ethics. What is it to be virtuous, to have character, to live the good life, to have arete?
Philosophies and Religions of the Roman Empire
The best minds of Rome were absorbed into politics, war, and economics. Roman citizens were looking for comfort in uncertain times, and they found philosophy too dry. thus developed a powerful renewed interest, among the rich and poor alike, in religion. This interest remains with us today and colors our understanding of ourselves and our place in the world.
A Brief History of Judaism
Tradition has it that the Hebrews came with father Abraham from Ur in Mesopotamia around 2000 bc, along with Abraham's God El Shaddai. After being led out of slavery in Egypt by Moses, the Hebrews organized themselves into 12 tribes, with warrior-priest chieftains. In 966 bc, King David was succeeded by Solomon in the new capitol of Jerusalem. Following multiple exiles and returns to Palestine, the Hebrews finally returned in 1948.