Hans Thomae: The Individual and His/Her World in the Flux of Time: History and Biography in Psychological Research

Jürgen Straub

Abstract


The interview explores the important academic experiences with mentors and intellectual impulses which have supported and guided the psychological thinking of Hans THOMAE, especially in his approach to "biographical method." Questions about motivation in human activity, consciousness and life history are impulses that—mediated and guided by NIETZSCHE, HERDER, MORITZ, SPRANGER, ROTHACKER, LERSCH and KLAGES among others—finally led THOMAE to the development and shaping of a "biographical method" in psychology; a method which propagates the inclusion of the individual's life-story, the openness and clarity of the survey, as well as a synthesis of nomological and ideographical approaches to qualitative and quantitative research.
URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs040368

Keywords


professional biography; consciousness; motivation; biographical method; re­search on coping; nomological psychology; case studies; hermeneutic; individuality