Psychological Knowledge: A Social History and Philosophy

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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.
Examining the workings of constuctivism, Psychological Knowledge is an invaluable introduction to the history of psychology and the recent philosophy of mind.

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Psychologists have assumed that psychological knowledge is knowledge about, and held by, the mind. This work challenges these views, arguing that bodies of psychological knowledge are social institutions like money or the monarchy, and that mental states are social artifacts like coins or crowns. Introduces the workings of constructivism and explores the history of psychology and recent developments in philosophy of the mind, with sections on the social history of psychological knowledge in Germany in the early 20th century, and the sociophilosophy of folk psychology. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415379311
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/1/2006
  • Series: Philosophical Issues in Science Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 424
  • Sales rank: 1,288,054
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin Kusch is Lecturer in the Department of History and Philosophy at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of several books, including Psychologism (Routledge).

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
Pt. I A social history of psychological knowledge: the controversy over thought psychology in Germany, 1900-20 7
1 The Wurzburgers 18
2 Friends and foes 71
3 Recluse or drillmaster versus interlocutor and interrogator 95
4 Purist versus promiscuist 131
5 Collectivist versus individualist 168
6 Protestant versus Catholic 194
7 Conclusions 232
Pt. II The sociophilosophy of folk psychology 277
8 The folk psychology debate 282
9 Folk psychology as a social institution 321
Notes 369
Bibliography 375
Index 405
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