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James Mark Baldwin Quotes


An American philosopher and psychologist.
(1861 - 1934)

All along we find that social life - religion, politics, art - reflects the stages reached in the development of the knowledge of self; it shows the social uses made of this knowledge.
 

Feeling is the consciousness of the resulting conditions - of success, failure, equilibrium, compromise or balance, in this continuous rivalry of ideas.
 

Heredity provides for the modification of its own machinery.
 

In conclusion we may say, in view of the confirmation that our study has given of the parallelism between individual and racial thought of the Self, that in the history of psychology we discern the great profile which the race has drawn on the pages of time.
 

In Socrates' thought the two marks of individual self-consciousness appear; it is practical and it is social.
 

In the first place, Descartes stands for the most explicit and uncompromising dualism between mind and matter.
 

Like all science, psychology is knowledge; and like science again, it is knowledge of a definite thing, the mind.
 

Plato stands for the union of truth and goodness in the supreme idea of God.
 

Psychology more than any other science has had its pseudo-scientific no less than its scientific period.
 

Pythagoras took the next important step by subordinating the mere matter of nature to its essential principle of form and order, identifying the latter with reason or the soul.
 

The development of the meaning attaching to the personal self, the conscious being, is the subject matter of the history of psychology.
 

The dualism itself becomes a sort of presupposition or datum; its terms condition the further problem.
 

The fact that tradition hinders the individual savage from thinking logically by no means proves that he cannot think logically.
 

The prehistorical and primitive period represents the true infancy of the mind.
 

The reason of the close concurrence between the individual's progress and that of the race appears, therefore, when we remember the dependence of each upon the other.