Playing with Fire: The controversial career of Hans J. Eysenck

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9780198566885: Playing with Fire: The controversial career of Hans J. Eysenck

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Probably no other psychologist has aroused such contrary reactions from the public and from the scientific community as Hans Eysenck. To the public, he was some kind of noble "IQ warrior" or that disgraceful "race and IQ guy." However, Britain's most prominent post-war psychologist had a different but equally divisive reputation amongst his scientific peers. Here was an intellectual leader in personality psychology who was greatly admired by a host of sympathetic colleagues, yet repeatedly dismissed by his many critics as a self-serving show-pony and widely suspected of being economical with the truth. Hans Eysenck played it like a game and he played to win. In the process, he made many who crossed swords with him feel like losers. Though, while bold and innovative, Eysenck made his share of mistakes and embraced causes and collaborators that no one else would. Not since Sir Cyril Burt - Eysenck's mentor - has a UK-based psychologist left a legacy that will be so fiercely debated. Playing with Fire is a full-length biography of Eysenck's career. It looks to explain the contradictions in Eysenck's public and professional image, and how one fed the other. It documents his boyhood in Berlin and the origin of his key ideas about personality, learning and the biogenetics of behaviour. It looks at the many clashes he had with any number of opponents - psychoanalysts, liberal social psychologists and the anti-tobacco public health lobby, to name a few. This is a provocative book about a provocative man. It combines years of assiduous research and important insights from science and technology studies in a very readable, accessible narrative. Always comparing the self-constructed legend with historical reality, it charts the story of an inveterate controversialist - the man they loved to hate.

Revue de presse :

Playing with Fire is likely to be the definitive work on one of psychology's most controversial figures. ( William Tucker, ISIS)

Buchanan has succeeded beautifully and Playing with Fire is an outstanding scholarly achievement. ( Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences)

In a recent review of this book in The Psychologist, Michael Eysenck (2010) describes the content of the book as 'a remarkably accurate and comprehensive account of my father Hans Eysenck's life and research, indeed it is definitive... Unlike most other critics, Buchanan is scrupulously fair-minded in his assessments of my father's research'. ( Journal of Mental Health)

...authoritative...an extraordinarily carefully researched and crafted volume... ( John Hall, History of the Human Sciences)

Buchanan's book provides a remarkably accurate and comprehensive account of my father Hans Eysenck's life and research; indeed, it is definitive. ( Michael Eysenck, The Psychologist)

...the present work is extremely helpful in enabling both the pro and con of Eysenck's work to be evaluated...I give it five stars. ( Paul Magnussen, Amazon.co.uk)

This biography is a handsome piece of work, with copious, proper footnotes. ( Chris McManus, Times Literary Supplement)

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Description du livre Oxford University Press, United Kingdom, 2011. Hardback. État : New. 236 x 156 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. Probably no other psychologist has aroused such contrary reactions from the public and from the scientific community as Hans Eysenck. To the public, he was some kind of noble IQ warrior or that disgraceful race and IQ guy. However, Britain s most prominent post-war psychologist had a different but equally divisive reputation amongst his scientific peers. Here was an intellectual leader in personality psychology who was greatly admired by a host of sympathetic colleagues, yet repeatedly dismissed by his many critics as a self-serving show-pony and widely suspected of being economical with the truth. Hans Eysenck played it like a game and he played to win. In the process, he made many who crossed swords with him feel like losers. Though, while bold and innovative, Eysenck made his share of mistakes and embraced causes and collaborators that no one else would. Not since Sir Cyril Burt - Eysenck s mentor - has a UK-based psychologist left a legacy that will be so fiercely debated. Playing with Fire is a full-length biography of Eysenck s career. It looks to explain the contradictions in Eysenck s public and professional image, and how one fed the other. It documents his boyhood in Berlin and the origin of his key ideas about personality, learning and the biogenetics of behaviour. It looks at the many clashes he had with any number of opponents - psychoanalysts, liberal social psychologists and the anti-tobacco public health lobby, to name a few. This is a provocative book about a provocative man. It combines years of assiduous research and important insights from science and technology studies in a very readable, accessible narrative. Always comparing the self-constructed legend with historical reality, it charts the story of an inveterate controversialist - the man they loved to hate. N° de réf. du libraire POW9780198566885

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Description du livre Oxford University Press, United Kingdom, 2011. Hardback. État : New. 236 x 156 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. Probably no other psychologist has aroused such contrary reactions from the public and from the scientific community as Hans Eysenck. To the public, he was some kind of noble IQ warrior or that disgraceful race and IQ guy. However, Britain s most prominent post-war psychologist had a different but equally divisive reputation amongst his scientific peers. Here was an intellectual leader in personality psychology who was greatly admired by a host of sympathetic colleagues, yet repeatedly dismissed by his many critics as a self-serving show-pony and widely suspected of being economical with the truth. Hans Eysenck played it like a game and he played to win. In the process, he made many who crossed swords with him feel like losers. Though, while bold and innovative, Eysenck made his share of mistakes and embraced causes and collaborators that no one else would. Not since Sir Cyril Burt - Eysenck s mentor - has a UK-based psychologist left a legacy that will be so fiercely debated. Playing with Fire is a full-length biography of Eysenck s career. It looks to explain the contradictions in Eysenck s public and professional image, and how one fed the other. It documents his boyhood in Berlin and the origin of his key ideas about personality, learning and the biogenetics of behaviour. It looks at the many clashes he had with any number of opponents - psychoanalysts, liberal social psychologists and the anti-tobacco public health lobby, to name a few. This is a provocative book about a provocative man. It combines years of assiduous research and important insights from science and technology studies in a very readable, accessible narrative. Always comparing the self-constructed legend with historical reality, it charts the story of an inveterate controversialist - the man they loved to hate. N° de réf. du libraire POW9780198566885

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