Folk theories of the third kind

Ratio 17 (3):277-293 (2004)
The idea of a folk theory has played many important roles in much recent philosophy. To do the work they are designed for, they need to be both internal features of agents who possess them, and yet scrutable without the full resources of empirical cognitive science. The worry for the theorist of folk theories, is that only one of these desiderata is met in each plausible conception of a folk theory. This paper outlines a third conception that meets them both.1
Keywords Agency  Folk Psychology  Folk Theory  Science
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DOI 10.1111/j.0034-0006.2004.00254.x
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