The Sociology of Philosophical Knowledge
By Martin Kusch
Published September 7th 1995 by Routledge – 352 pages
Series: Philosophical Issues in Science
When did psychology become a distinct discipline? What links the Continental and Analytic traditions in philosophy? Both these questions are answered by this extraordinary account of psychologism in Germany at the turn of the century.
Martin Kusch explores the origins of psychologism through the work of two major figures in the history of Twentieth Century philosophy: Gottlob Frege and Edmund Husserl. Using psychological and historical reconstruction, Martin Kusch shows how the power struggle between experimental psychologists and pure philosophers influenced the thought of both Frege and Husserl; it not only shaped their agendas but also determined the success of their arguments for disengaging logic from psychology. This debate was crucial in the creation of the separate discipline of psychology.
Kusch has provided an invaluable study for the understanding of a key moment in the intellectual history of the Twentieth Century.