Synthese:1-20 (forthcoming)

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Devin Sanchez Curry
West Virginia University
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A pluralistic approach to folk psychology must countenance the evaluative, regulatory, predictive, and explanatory roles played by attributions of intelligence in social practices across cultures. Building off of the work of the psychologist Robert Sternberg and the philosophers Gilbert Ryle and Daniel Dennett, I argue that a relativistic interpretivism best accounts for the many varieties of intelligence that emerge from folk discourse. To be intelligent (in the sense invoked in folk psychological practices) is to be comparatively good at solving intellectual problems that an interpreter deems worth solving.
Keywords Intelligence  Folk Psychology  Cross-Cultural Psychology  Interpretivism  Relativism
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DOI 10.1007/s11229-020-02641-z
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