The psychology of folk psychology

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 16 (1):15-28 (1993)
The central mission of cognitive science is to reveal the real nature of the mind, however familiar or foreign that nature may be to naive preconceptions. The existence of naive conceptions is also important, however. Prescientific thought and language contain concepts of the mental, and these concepts deserve attention from cognitive science. Just as scientific psychology studies folk physics (McCloskey 1983, Hayes 1985), viz., the common understanding (or misunderstanding) of physical phenomena, so it must study folk psychology, the common understanding of mental states. This subfield of scientific psychology is what I mean by the phrase 'the psychology of folk psychology'
Keywords folk psychology   functionalism   introspection   mental concepts   propositional attitudes   self-attribution of mental states   sensations   theory of mind
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DOI 10.1017/S0140525X00028648
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