The Philosophy of Psychology

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 19, 1999 - Philosophy - 297 pages
This book presents an original and accessible analysis of the relationship between common-sense, or 'folk', psychology and contemporary scientific psychology, focussing on the ways in which cognitive science presents a challenge to our common-sense self-image. It is designed as a textbook for upper-level undergraduate and beginning postgraduate students in philosophy and cognitive science, but as a text that not only surveys but advances the debates on the topics discussed, it will also be of interest to researchers working in these areas.
 

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Contents

Introduction some background
1
2 Developments in psychology
12
3 Conclusion
23
Folkpsychological commitments
24
2 Two varieties of antirealism
26
3 The case for realism about folk psychology
31
4 Realism and eliminativism
40
5 Using folk psychology
46
5 Practical rationality
125
6 Conclusion
130
Content for psychology
131
2 Arguments for wide content
133
3 The coherence of narrow content
138
4 Explanation and causation
143
5 Folkpsychological content
155
6 Conclusion
160

6 Conclusion
48
Modularity and nativism
49
1 Some background on empiricism and nativism
50
2 The case for nativism
52
3 Developmental rigidity and modularity
56
4 Fodorian modularity
62
5 Input systems versus central systems
66
6 Conclusion
75
Mindreading
77
2 Problems for simulationism
83
3 A hybrid view
89
4 Developmental studies
91
5 Accounting for autistic impairments
99
6 Conclusion
103
Reasoning and irrationality
105
2 Some psychological evidence
108
3 Philosophical arguments in defence of rationality
111
4 Psychological explanations of performance
119
Content naturalised
161
2 Informational semantics
163
3 Teleosemantics
167
4 Functionalrole semantics
176
5 Naturalisation versus reduction
184
6 Conclusion
190
Forms of representation
191
2 Mentalese versus connectionism
194
3 The place of natural language in thought
208
4 Conclusion
225
Consciousness the final frontier?
227
2 Mysterianism
234
3 Cognitivist theories
247
4 Conclusion
271
References
272
Index of names
290
Index of subjects
295
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