THE PSYCHOPHYSICAL PARALLELISM FROM FECHNER TO GESTALT ISOMORPHISM: THE SPINOZIAN ROOTS

  • Riccardo Luccio

Abstract

There is a direct line that goes from Fechner’s psychophysical parallelism to Gestaltisomorphism. My aim here is to show that, if the most direct philosophical antecedent of thisline of theorising can be found in Spinoza, many aspects of it can be traced back tophilosophers of different orientation, Christian like Tertullianus, or Jew like Maimonides, orNeoplatonic, like Ficino and Patrizi. To be sure, the most complete doctrine is Spinoza’s one.My opinion is that rereading Spinoza today can help us also to fully understand what Fechnerand Gestalt psychologists have yet to say to contemporary psychology.
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