Johann Friedrich Herbart: Urvater of social psychology

History of the Human Sciences 19 (1):19-38 (2005)

Herbart’s attempts to apply psychology to society receive scant mention in English-language histories of psychology. In Germany, however, Herbart has long been regarded as the founder of social psychology. The background of his life and work is sketched, and the gradual extension of his individual psychology towards the social is traced. Although he did not build a coherent system, his approach was novel and several of his original ideas anticipated some later social psychology. Herbart had a number of prominent followers, and through them made a powerful impact on 19th-century social thought
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