Folk Psychology and the Philosophy of Mind / Edition 1

Folk Psychology and the Philosophy of Mind / Edition 1

by Scott M. Christensen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0805809317

ISBN-13: 9780805809312

Pub. Date: 01/28/1993

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Within the past ten years, the discussion of the nature of folk psychology and its role in explaining behavior and thought has become central to the philosophy of mind. However, no comprehensive account of the contemporary debate or collection of the works that make up this debate has yet been available. Intending to fill this gap, this volume begins with the

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Within the past ten years, the discussion of the nature of folk psychology and its role in explaining behavior and thought has become central to the philosophy of mind. However, no comprehensive account of the contemporary debate or collection of the works that make up this debate has yet been available. Intending to fill this gap, this volume begins with the crucial background for the contemporary debate and proceeds with a broad range of responses to and developments of these works — from those who argue that "folk theory" is a misnomer to those who regard folk theory as legitimately explanatory and necessary for any adequate account of human behavior.

Intended for courses in the philosophy of mind, psychology, and science, as well as anthropology and social psychology, this anthology is also of great value in courses focusing on folk models, eliminative materialism, explanation, psychological theory, and — in particular — intentional psychology. It is accessible to both graduate students and upper-division undergraduate students of philosophy and psychology as well as researchers. As an aid to students, a thorough discussion of the field and the articles in the anthology is provided in the introduction; as an aid to researchers, a complete bibliography is also provided.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805809312
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/28/1993
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
468
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile:
1330L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Introduction
IThe Elimination of Folk Psychology1
1Materialism and the Mind-Body Problem3
2Mind-Body Identity, Privacy, and Categories17
3Eliminative Materialism and Propositional Attitudes42
4Intertheoretic Relations and the Future of Psychology63
5Will the Concepts of Folk Psychology Find a Place in Cognitive Science?82
6The Future of Folk Psychology93
IIThe Case Against the Case Against Belief118
7Three Kinds of Intentional Psychology121
8Folk Psychology is Here to Stay144
9The Relationship Between Scientific Psychology and Common Sense Psychology144[sic]
10The Very Idea of a Folk Psychology188
11The Origins of Folk Psychology200
12The Persistance of the Attitudes221
13Folk Psychology and the Explanation of Human Behavior247
14Understanding Folk263
15In Defense of Southern Fundamentalism288
IIIConnectionism: The Death of Folk Psychology?313
16Connectionism, Eliminativism, and the Future of Folk Psychology315
17Connectionism and the Future of Folk Psychology340
18The Connectionist Vindication of Folk Psychology368
19Consciousness, Intentionality, and Pragmatism388
References405
Author Index431
Subject Index435

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