Bavinck on the principia of faculty psychology

It would be a shame if this little book disappeared from the psychological literature. For the foundations (beginselen) described in it have had my lifelong acceptance, and they remain powerful principles deserving use and expression alongside pure empirical psychology.

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. . . this [faculty] psychology supplies a much deeper and subtler insight into the nature of psychic life and the mutual connection of its activities than does the psychology that has arisen in more recent times. . . . [The latter is] a fruit of the philosophy that had its inception with René Descartes (1596–1650) and Francis Bacon (1561–1626) and which, in principle, was a reaction against Aristotelian scholasticism.

—Preface to Herman Bavinck, Beginselen er psychologie, 2nd ed., ed. Valentijn Hepp (Kampen: Kok, 1923) [PDF: 1, 2]; English trans.: preface to Bavinck, Foundations of Psychology, trans. Jack Vanden Born, Nelson D. Kloosterman, and John Bolt, ed. John Bolt in Bavinck Review 9 (2018) (emended); Bavinck, Beginselen, 27; Bavinck, Foundations, 26.