The origins of the psychological 'interior' - evidence from imperial roman literacy practices and related issues

dc.contributor.authorMcMahon, Ciaranen
dc.date.accessioned2012-01-03T12:39:22Zen
dc.date.available2012-01-03T12:39:22Z
dc.date.issued2008
dc.description.abstractThe pervasiveness in psychological literature of the assumption that mental events and psychology in general occur within the person – henceforth the psychological interior‘ – is introduced and the received view of its historical origin is presented. This account is challenged and classical historical source material from the period 100 to 400 CE is interpreted in relation to factors of literary practice and related issues (mode of reading, authority and format of text, mode of writing, and author‘s motivation). It is concluded that the ‗interior‘ that emerges in the reflexive discourse of Imperial Rome develops in tandem with changes in literary practices and that there is consequently substantial evidence for positing an intimate relationship between these practices, subjective experience and reflexive discourse. Author keywords: Psychological language, inwardness, reflexive discourse, literary practices, silent reading, Imperial Rome.en
dc.description.sponsorshipFunded by a Government of Ireland postgraduate scholarship from the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Scienceen
dc.description.versionPreprinten
dc.identifier.citationMc Mahon, C. (2008). The origins of the psychological ‘interior’ - evidence from imperial roman literary practices and related issues. Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences 44 (1) pp 19-37.en
dc.identifier.issn1520-6696
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10788/282
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherJohn Wiley & Sons, Inc.en
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dc.source.urihttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jhbs.20284/abstract
dc.subjectPsychologyen
dc.subjectLiteratureen
dc.titleThe origins of the psychological 'interior' - evidence from imperial roman literacy practices and related issuesen
dc.typeArticleen
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