What People Believe When They Say That People Believe

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-11-01
  • Publisher: Lexington Books

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In modern life, we often hear statements like ˘Teenagers don't like to talk to their parents.÷ There are many reasons why we want to know what groups of people (such as teenagers) are thinking and doing, but it is hard to understand which social situations are being described by such statements. It is also difficult to understand what speakers believe when they make such statements, even when the speakers are social scientists.

Author Biography

Todd Jones is associate professor and chair of philosophy at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is coeditor of Affirmative Action: Social Justice or Reverse Discrimination?

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. vii
Introduction. Statements about Groups The Problemp. xi
Groups Acting and Beliefs about Groups Acting: What We Are Looking For and How We'll Find Itp. 1
Collective Claims about Individuals: How Many Chicagoans Need to Like Thick Pizza before You Can Say ˘Chicagoans Like Thick Pizza÷?p. 19
What Starbucks Really Wantsp. 49
˘We Go to the Diner on Fridays÷: Norms, Customs, Conventions, and the Likep. 105
Can X-Do-Y Statements Explain?p. 141
Final Thoughts: Statements about Groups and Stereotypingp. 179
Bibliographyp. 199
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