Ladd, George Trumbull
American preacher and
psychologist (1842-1921). Ladd was one of the most important figures in the
foundation of the new psychological profession in America in the 1880s and
1890s, despite being a trenchant critic of what he perceived to be the
materialism and determinism of William James cerebral science.
He held the chair in philosophy at Yale from 1881 to 1905, founded the
psychological laboratory there in 1892, and was the second president of the
American Psychological Association. His major works included Elements
of Psychology (1887) and Psychology,
Descriptive and Explanatory (1894).
Ladd had been a Christian minister and preacher for ten years before
turning to academic philosophy and thence psychology.
He published on The Doctrine of Sacred
Scripture (1883) and, later, on The
Philosophy of Religion (1905).
by: Thomas Dixon
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