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The Concept of Mental Maturity


IN a recent address under this title1, Prof. Pear has examined a much-used term. Studying a wide range of examples from modern literature, he has no difficulty in showing that it is employed in very divergent senses, none of them clearly defined. The publication of his lecture is to be welcomed, for it is a delightful addition to his book, "The Maturing Mind"2. It is written in the stimulating manner we expect from him, and adds to the hints given in the book as to the rich meaning which he attaches to the term 'maturity'. Above all, it challenges us to endeavour to think more clearly.

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  1. 1

    Pear, T. H., "The Concept of Mental Maturity" (Manchester University Press, 1944).

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    Pear, T. H., "The Maturing Mind", 146.

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    Wolters, A. W., "On Conceptual Thinking", Brit. J. Psychol, 24

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    Pear, T. H., "The Concept of Maturity", 15.

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    "Nicomachean Ethics", I.3.1.

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WOLTERS, A. The Concept of Mental Maturity. Nature 156, 494–496 (1945).

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