D. W. Harding (1906–1993) was a British psychologist and literary critic. In1933 he joined FR Leavis as an editor of Scrutiny, where much of his literary criticism appeared, but also work, notably on aggression, that led to The Impulse to Dominate and Social Psychology and Individual Values.


Leavis’s Way

The Living Principle: "English" as a Discipline of Thought

by F.R. Leavis
This review of one of F.R. Leavis’s last books was written some time before his death in April. —the Editors “Eliot is the great poet of the century; Leavis is the great critic,” Michael Black said in Universities Quarterly for Winter 1975. If you prefer to put some other …

Home Remedies

Medical Nemesis: The Expropriation of Health (hardcover) and $4.00 (paper))

by Ivan Illich
Ivan Illich’s attack on what he calls excessive “medicalization” is the latest of his critical studies of the basic institutions of modern industrial society. In earlier works he has criticized the modern systems of schooling, transport, and industrial growth itself. Excellent for its purpose of provocative propaganda, this new book …

Soul Food

Is There "Life" on Earth? An Introduction to Gurdjieff

by J.G. Bennett

Gurdjieff: Making a New World

by J.G. Bennett
The revived interest, to which these recent books testify, in an occult doctrine of the 1920s challenges an attempt at serious understanding. Although aspects of the teaching made an appeal to the Heard-Huxley-Isherwood group in the 1930s the true doctrine has been kept alive for the past fifty years by …

Crazy Mixed-up Kids


by Flora Rheta Schreiber

Soul Murder: Persecution in the Family

by Morton Schatzman
The multiple personality thriller is on its way to becoming a standard genre. Sybil provides material still more fascinating than The Three Faces of Eve and its successor, Strangers in My Body, and we can reflect with satisfaction that this modern use of psychiatric disorder for popular entertainment is much …

Being “Creative”

The Dynamics of Creation

by Anthony Storr
Psychoanalysts writing on creativity have commonly tried to answer two different questions, not always distinguishing between them. The first concerns the function that creative work fulfills for a given person, or type of person, and here the concepts and materials of psychoanalysis and psychopathology have undoubtedly been useful. The other …

Single Mind, Double Bind

Steps to an Ecology of Mind

by Gregory Bateson
This collection of previously published essays and lectures amounts to a retrospective exhibition of a working life. Such a suggestion would not disturb a scientist who is not fully satisfied by “the general trend of scientific philosophy associated with such names as Democritus, Galileo, Newton, Lavoisier, and Darwin” and who …

Good-by Man

The Order of Things: An Archeology of the Human Sciences (A translation of Les Mots et les choses)

by Michel Foucault
Attempting to bring order into the chaos of psychiatric diagnosis in the nineteenth century, Henry Maudsley took as his aim “to clear the ground by endeavoring to think the subject into simplicity and to set forth the results in as plain language as possible.” To assume that this would be …

The Eyes Have It

The Measurement of Sensation: A Critique of Perceptual Psychophysics

by C. Wade Savage

Selective History of Theories of Visual Perception: 1650-1950

by Nicholas Pastore
If any part of psychology has enjoyed undisputed respectability it is the ritual of getting people to lift two small weights one after the other and say whether the second is heavier or lighter than the first. Or they can watch lights or listen to tones and make a judgment …