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The Scientific Credibility of Folk Psychology

The Scientific Credibility of Folk Psychology

by Garth J.O. Fletcher


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The examination and evaluation of folk psychology and lay cognition has been carried out predominantly in two domains: personality and social psychology, and the philosophy of psychology. Yet, work in these two areas has largely proceeded independently. The assumption on which this volume is founded is that a proper comparison between scientific cognition and folk ways of thought rests on an adequate study of both science and folk psychology. With this in mind, the author provides an analysis of the intricate, and often hidden, links between these two spheres. In doing so, the book poses two related questions. First, what is the nature of folk psychology and how is it related to scientific psychology? Second, of what'should the relationship between folk psychology and scientific psychology consist? In answering these two questions, the author draws extensively from research and arguments in social psychology and social cognition, cognitive science, and the philosophy of science.

The interdisciplinary approach gives the book a unique perspective that will be of interest to scholars working in social psychology, cognitive science, and philosophy of science. Written in a concise and accessible style, this volume is suitable for undergraduate and graduate students as well as a general psychological audience.

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ISBN-13: 9780805815719
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 09/01/1995
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface. Folk Psychology: Crock or Touchstone? The Nature of Folk Psychology. Folk Psychology of the Mind. Uses and Abuses of Folk Psychology in Scientific Psychology. The Nature of Scientific Cognition: A Realist Account. The Scientific Status of Folk Psychology 1: Lay Aims, Values and Rules. The Scientific Status of Folk Psychology 2: Lay Theories. Summary, Caveats, and Morals.

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