Intertheoretic relations and the future of psychology

Philosophy of Science 53 (June):179-99 (1986)
Abstract
In the course of defending both a unified model of intertheoretic relations in science and scientific realism, Paul Churchland has attempted to reinvigorate eliminative materialism. Churchland's eliminativism operates on three claims: (1) that some intertheoretic contexts involve incommensurable theories, (2) that such contexts invariably require the elimination of one theory or the other, and (3) that the relation of psychology and neuroscience is just such a context. I argue that a more detailed account of intertheoretic relations, which distinguishes between the relations that hold between successive theories at a particular level of analysis over time and those that hold between theories at different levels of analysis at the same time, offers grounds for denying Churchland's second and third claims and, therefore, undermines his eliminativism. The paper concludes by suggesting why it is, nonetheless, not unreasonable, given this more detailed model of intertheoretic relations, to expect the eventual elimination of common sense psychology
Keywords Psychology  Relation  Science  Churchland, P
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1086/289306
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: 28,191
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
Epistemology in an Age of Cognitive Science.Robert N. Mccauley - 1988 - Philosophical Psychology 1 (2):143-152.
Explanatory Modesty.Robert N. McCauley - 2014 - Zygon 49 (3):728-740.

View all 15 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Monthly downloads

Added to index

2009-01-28

Total downloads

50 ( #105,016 of 2,172,701 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

1 ( #325,028 of 2,172,701 )

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