Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya • ISSN 2075-7999
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2021 Vol. 14 Issue 75

Wundt V. On mental causality and the principle of psychophysical parallelism

Full text in Russian: Вундт В. О психической каузальности и принципе психофизического параллелизма

Leipzig University, Leipzig, Germany

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Debates on how psychology and psychological research should be, have been ongoing since the very beginning of the field. The present article written by one of the classics Wilhelm Wundt was aimed to establish psychological science as being independent and autonomous field of science. Here Wundt formulated the principles that distinguish psychological phenomena from others as well as he de-scribed specific characteristics of psychological causation compared to natural sciences. By introducing the principle of genuine activity of phenomena, the principle of creative synthesis and the principle of relative analysis Wundt consistently argued against the substitution of psychological description with physiological ones. Based on the same principles he declared that psychological subject must be estab-lished from the same psychological matter as the psyche.

Keywords: Wilhelm Wundt, mental causation, psychophysical parallelism, physical causation, meth-odology in psychology, causal explanation.

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This article was prepared within a RANEPA research project assigned by the state.

Received 02 February 2021. Date of publication: 04 March 2021.

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Wilhelm Wundt. Psychologist. One of the largest representatives of the classical psychology of consciousness. Founder of the first psychological laboratory.

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Wundt V. On mental causality and the principle of psychophysical parallelism. Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya, 2021, Vol. 14, No. 75, p. 5.

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