Folk Psychology and the Philosophy of Mind

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  • Copyright: 1993-01-01
  • Publisher: Lawrence Erlbau

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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.

Table of Contents

Contributorsp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. xv
The Elimination Of Folk Psychologyp. 1
Materialism and the Mind-Body Problemp. 3
Mind-Body Identity, Privacy, and Categoriesp. 17
Footnotesp. 40
Eliminative Materialism and Propositional Attitudesp. 42
Footnotesp. 61
Intertheoretic Relations and the Future of Psychologyp. 63
Will the Concepts of Folk Psychology Find a Place in Cognitive Science?p. 82
Footnotesp. 92
The Future of Folk Psychologyp. 93
The Case Against The Case Against Beliefp. 119
Three Kinds of Intentional Psychologyp. 121
Footnotesp. 142
Folk Psychology is Here to Stayp. 144
Footnotesp. 164
The Relationship Between Scientific Psychology and Common Sense Psychologyp. 167
Footnotesp. 186
The Very Idea of a Folk Psychologyp. 188
Footnotesp. 199
The Origins of Folk Psychologyp. 200
Footnotesp. 220
The Persistence of the Attitudesp. 221
Footnotesp. 245
Folk Psychology and the Explanation of Human Behaviorp. 247
Understanding Folkp. 263
In Defense of Southern Fundamentalismp. 288
Footnotesp. 307
Connectionism: The Death Of Folk Psychology?p. 313
Connectionism, Eliminativism, and the Future of Folk Psychologyp. 315
Connectionism and the Future of Folk Psychologyp. 340
Footnotesp. 367
The Connectionist Vindication of Folk Psychologyp. 368
Footnotesp. 384
Consciousness, Intentionality, and Pragmatismp. 388
Footnotesp. 402
Referencesp. 405
Author Indexp. 431
Subject Indexp. 435
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