David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Psychological Metaphysics is an exploration of the most basic and important assumptions in the psychological construction of reality, with the aim of showing what they are, how they originate, and what they are there for. Peter White proposes that people basically understand causation in terms of stable, special powers of things operating to produce effects under suitable conditions. This underpins an analysis of people's understanding of causal processes in the physical world, and of human action. In making a radical break with the Heiderian tradition, Psychological Metaphysics suggests that causal attribution is in the service of the person's practical concerns and any interest in accuracy or understanding is subservient to this. Indeed, a notion of regularity in the world is of no more than minor importance, and social cognition is not a matter of cognitive mechanisms or processes but of cultural ways of thinking imposed upon tacit, unquestioned, universalassumptions. Incorporating not only research and theory in social cognition and developmental psychology, but also philosophy and the history of ideas, Psychological Metaphysics will be challenging to everyone interested in how we try to understand the world.
|Keywords||Social perception Philosophy Metaphysics Psychological aspects Knowledge, Sociology of Attribution (Social psychology Concepts|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Buy the book||$77.84 used (19% off) $226.48 new Amazon page|
|Call number||BF323.S63.W48 1993|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
G. Fletcher (1995). Two Uses of Folk Psychology: Implications for Psychological Science. Philosophical Psychology 8 (3):375-88.
Haidi L. Maibom (2007). Social Systems. Philosophical Psychology 20 (5):1-22.
Heidi L. Maibom (2007). Social Systems. Philosophical Psychology 20 (5):557 – 578.
Helen Haste (1996). Communitarianism and the Social Construction of Morality. Journal of Moral Education 25 (1):47-55.
Hilde Lindemann (2001). Damaged Identities, Narrative Repair. Cornell University Press.
Barry Gholson (ed.) (1989). Psychology of Science: Contributions to Metascience. Cambridge University Press.
Sandra Jovchelovitch (2006). Knowledge in Context: Representations, Community, and Culture. Routledge.
Mark Bauer (2010). Psychological Laws (Revisited). Erkenntnis 73 (1):41 - 53.
Vernon L. Allen & Karl E. Scheibe (eds.) (1982). The Social Context of Conduct: Psychological Writings of Theodore Sarbin. Praeger.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads7 ( #180,440 of 1,096,840 )
Recent downloads (6 months)3 ( #106,677 of 1,096,840 )
How can I increase my downloads?