Anthropomorphism and analogy in psychology

Philosophical Quarterly 25 (April):126-137 (1975)
This article defends psychology and psychoanalysis against the accusation that their use of anthropomorphism in descriptions of brain and mind reintroduces the 'little man in the brain' and generates a viciously circular analysis. It queries the clarity of the concept 'anthropomorphic', And argues that many predicates which are allegedly 'characteristically human' are freely and literally attributable to machines, Parts of the brain, Etc.; this merely points out the unsurprising fact that non-Humans often perform tasks which humans can also perform. It does not make these non-Humans into intelligent man-Analogues
Keywords Analogy  Anthropomorphism  Brain  Consciousness  Psychology  Science  Freud
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DOI 10.2307/2217628
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