David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Philosophy of Science 56 (March):23-47 (1989)
This paper is a discussion of the tenability of methodological solipsism, which typically relies on the so-called Explanatory Thesis. The main arguments in the paper are directed against the latter thesis, according to which internal (or autonomous or narrow) psychological states as opposed to noninternal ones suffice for explanation in psychology. Especially, feedback-based actions are argued to require indispensable reference to noninternal explanantia, often to explanatory common causes. Thus, to the extent that methodological solipsism is taken to require the truth of the Explanatory Thesis, it, too, can be regarded as untenable
|Keywords||Explanation Psychology Science Solipsism Supervenience|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Through your library||Configure|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Raimo Tuomela (1989). Collective Action, Supervenience, and Constitution. Synthese 80 (2):243 - 266.
J. Brakel (1996). Interdiscourse or Supervenience Relations: The Primacy of the Manifest Image. Synthese 106 (2):253 - 297.
Similar books and articles
Ian I. Mitroff (1971). Solipsism: An Essay in Psychological Philosophy. Philosophy of Science 38 (3):376-394.
Josef Parnas & Louis A. Sass (2001). Self, Solipsism, and Schizophrenic Delusions. Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 8 (2-3):101-120.
Harold W. Noonan (1981). Methodological Solipsism. Philosophical Studies 40 (September):269-274.
Jerry A. Fodor (1980). Methodological Solipsism as a Research Strategy in Cognitive Psychology. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 3:63-109.
J. Christopher Maloney (1985). Methodological Solipsism Reconsidered as a Research Strategy in Cognitive Psychology. Philosophy of Science 52 (September):451-69.
Mark Rowlands (1991). Towards a Reasonable Version of Methodological Solipsism. Mind and Language 6 (1):39-57.
Katherine J. Morris (1984). In Defense of Methodological Solipsism: A Reply to Noonan. Philosophical Studies 45 (May):399-412.
Ron McClamrock (1991). Methodological Individualism Considered as a Constitutive Principle of Scientific Inquiry. Philosophical Psychology 4 (3):343-54.
Gordon G. Globus (1984). Can Methodological Solipsism Be Confined to Psychology? Cognition and Brain Theory 7:233-46.
Ausonio Marras (1985). The Churchlands on Methodological Solipsism and Computational Psychology. Philosophy of Science 52 (June):295-309.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads20 ( #71,702 of 1,089,047 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #69,722 of 1,089,047 )
How can I increase my downloads?