Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
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Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
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Lundin, R. W. 2010. Structuralism. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.
- Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
As a school or system of psychology, structuralism had its antecedents in the British philosophy of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. John Locke had established the empirical tradition by stating that all knowledge came from experience and that the mind at birth was a tabula rasa (blank tablet). Locke opposed the continental philosophers, such as René Descartes, who claimed that some ideas were inborn.
- human experience;
- psychological theory