The Year 1953: Metabletical Contemplations on the Advent of Metabletics
Journal of Metabletica. Issue 8. 18-26
12 Pages Posted: 27 Jan 2015
Date Written: June 25, 2014
In 1956, Jan Hendrik van den Berg published his book Metabletica, which was translated into English as The Changing Nature of Man: Introduction to a Historical Psychology (1961). The term ‘metabletica’ (‘metabletics’) literally means ‘doctrine of change’. It is not a ‘history’ of psychology, but rather (as the English subtitle aptly indicates) a historical (phenomenological) psychology of history. Metabletics, moreover, was not merely the title of a book, but rather of a whole series of books, and destined to become the title of an oeuvre. He became, one could say, a psychiatrist of Western society as such. Metabletics was born in 1953: an important year, as I will argue in this paper.
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