Is folk psychology different?

Erkenntnis 57 (2):199-230 (2002)
Abstract
In this paper, I seek to refute arguments for the idea that folk psychological explanation, i.e., the explanation of actions, beliefs and desires in terms of one another, should be understood as being of a different character than ordinary scientific explanations, a view defended most prominently in analytical philosophy by Donald Davidson and John McDowell. My strategy involves arguing both against the extant arguments for the idea that FP must be construed as giving such explanations, and also against the very notion of such a different kind of explanation. I argue first that the in some sense a priori and conceptual nature of folk psychological principles does not support the idea that these are other than empirical generalisations, by appeal to recent nativist ideas in cognitive science and to Lewis's conception of the meaning of theoretical terms. Second, I argue that there is no coherent sense in which folk psychological explanations can be seen as normative. Thirdly, I examine the putatively holistic character of the mental and conclude that that too fails to provide any cogent reasons for viewing folk psychological explanations as different from other kinds of explanation.
Keywords Explanation  Folk Psychology  Holism  Metaphysics  Normative  Davidson, D  Mcdowell, J
Categories (categorize this paper)
Reprint years 2004
DOI 10.1023/A:1020940923477
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history
Request removal from index
Download options
Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 27,220
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
Attitudes and Normativity.Tadeusz Ciecierski - 2017 - Axiomathes 27 (3):265-283.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
How to Learn From Our Mistakes.Kristin Andrews - 2004 - Philosophical Explorations 7 (3):247 – 263.
Reasons to Believe.John D. Greenwood - 1991 - In The Future of Folk Psychology. Cambridge University Press. pp. 70.
Right and Wrong Reasons in Folk-Psychological Explanation.George Botterill - 2009 - International Journal of Philosophical Studies 17 (4):463 – 488.
Folk Psychology as a Theory.Ian Ravenscroft - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
The Idea of Different Folk Psychologies.Stephen Mills - 2001 - International Journal of Philosophical Studies 9 (4):501 – 519.

Monthly downloads

Added to index

2009-01-28

Total downloads

90 ( #57,166 of 2,164,654 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

1 ( #348,012 of 2,164,654 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature


Discussion
Order:
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.

Other forums