Psychological Knowledge: A Social History and Philosophy

Psychological Knowledge: A Social History and Philosophy

by Martin Kusch
     
 

Psychologists and philosophers have assumed that psychological knowledge is knowledge about, and held by, the individual mind. Psychological Knowledge challenges these views. It argues that bodies of psychological knowledge are social institutions like money or the monarchy, and that mental states are social artefacts like coins or crowns.
Martin Kusch

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Overview

Psychologists and philosophers have assumed that psychological knowledge is knowledge about, and held by, the individual mind. Psychological Knowledge challenges these views. It argues that bodies of psychological knowledge are social institutions like money or the monarchy, and that mental states are social artefacts like coins or crowns.
Martin Kusch takes on arguments of alternative proposals, shows what is wrong with them, and demonstrates how his own social-philosophical approach constitutes an advance. We see that exists a substantial natural amount of philosophical theorising, a body of work that tries to determine the nature and structure of folk psychology.
An introduction to the workings of constuctivism, Psychological Knowledge is an insightful introduction to the history of psychology and the recent philosophy of mind.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415192538
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/12/1999
Series:
Philosophical Issues in Science Series
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.06(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
Introduction1
Pt. IA social history of psychological knowledge: the controversy over thought psychology in Germany, 1900-207
1The Wurzburgers18
2Friends and foes71
3Recluse or drillmaster versus interlocutor and interrogator95
4Purist versus promiscuist131
5Collectivist versus individualist168
6Protestant versus Catholic194
7Conclusions232
Pt. IIThe sociophilosophy of folk psychology277
8The folk psychology debate282
9Folk psychology as a social institution321
Notes369
Bibliography375
Index405

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