Digital Library for Early Psychology is a collection of texts about social and cognitive concepts (and practices) produced from the 17th to the early 20th century. Most of them significantly pre-date the development of psychology as a unique discipline. The later texts, by Herbart and Wundt, are programmatic texts about psychology as it was being established and institutionalized as a discipline.

In this sense, most of the texts here may be described as pre-psychological or proto-psychological. The common themes are mental life and interpersonal interaction, as complicated by focused attention to consciousness and self-consciousness.

What is a digital library? While The Internet, as a whole, could be considered one giant library, users and scholars of digital information are realizing that it is a pretty poorly organized one at best. Digital libraries dedicated to niche topics serve an impotant function that combines archival, curatorial, and interpretive elements.

Many of these texts are translated here for the first time, the translations representing samples of print works in progress. Review copies of longer samples are available, via links at the index pages for individual authors.