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Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica

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MASSIMI, Marina. The Jesuitic "Psychology": A Contribution to the History of Psychological Ideas. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2001, vol.14, n.3, pp.625-633. ISSN 0102-7972.

The work concerns the area of History of psychological ideas, considered to be part of Cultural History, its subjects being relative to the cultural milieu in which they are constructed. In this respect, one can also see the pertinence of a research program that investigates the meanings of psychological knowledge within the multifaceted area of culture along its history. The present study deals with the conceptual view of the psychological phenomenon in spiritual literature and in philosophical production of Jesuit scholars throughout the sixteenth and seventeenth century. The psychological experience is interpreted according to the notions elaborated in the philosophical treatise, which in turn are based on the Aristotelian-Thomistic tradition. The Jesuit psychology has a philosophical dimension, concerned with the teaching and the philosophical production of the Company ¾ and a practical dimension, connected with ancient tradition of Medicine of the Soul.

Keywords : History of psychological ideas; Jesuit psychology.

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