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"The Essential Brunswik: Beginnings, Explications, Applications"

Ken Hammond

Tom Stewart

For some time we, as well as others, have been concerned that the core of Brunswik's work-the content of his original papers-will disappear in the mists of the past. Very few scholars have seen, let alone have read, more than a tiny fraction of Brunswik's papers. As a result, most of our knowledge and beliefs about his ideas have come from secondary sources. This is regrettable for several reasons; one is the loss of the true sense of the fundamentals of his general theoretical and methodological work; another is the absence of acquaintance with the manner in which Brunswik expressed his ideas, and that is truly to miss the maturity and breadth of his scholarship. So we think this situation ought to be remedied by publishing a volume of Brunswik's collected papers and applications of his work.

If we did only this, researchers and students could at least find his papers and read them, and thus gain knowledge of what he had to say in his own words. We think that would be valuable, but not enough; it would simply be an archival volume to be used as a resource. More is needed. What is needed is for scholars who know Brunswik's work to enlighten new researchers, and to show them meaning and significance, in the past and in the present, of these articles. In short, we want to make Brunswik's work come alive-as it deserves to-for psychology today. We have given a great deal of thought to the nature of this volume and what it's objectives should be. Given the ever-increasing interest in Brunswikian ideas and the ever-expanding scope of the theory and research that has resulted from them, we have decided that a volume that merely included his papers with commentaries would not do justice to the results of his work. Consequently we have organized the volume so that it will reflect the impact of Brunswik and the work that followed, and still follows, from his writings. The volume will have three major parts: Part I -- Beginnings: The Grand Ideas Introduced; Part II -- Explications: Iconoclasm at Work; and Part III - Applications.

Oxford University Press has agreed to publish volume entitled "The Essential Brunswik: Beginnings, Explications, Applications" edited by Kenneth R. Hammond and Thomas R. Stewart. We are very pleased that OUP has recognized the importance of Brunswik's work in this way and that approximately 30 distinguished scholars have agreed to contribute to the volume. The publication date is late 1999.

Contact the authors: K. Hammond and T. Stewart 

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