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Folk Psychology

David Hodgson

in The Mind Matters

Published in print February 1993 | ISBN: 9780198240686
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680236 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198240686.003.0008

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

Folk Psychology

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This chapter turns to grounds related to what has been called ‘folk psychology’: the untutored common-sense psychology which people continually undertake in relation to their behaviour and the behaviour of other persons. It argues that, based on such psychology, there are good grounds supporting rejection of mechanism. In the first place, introspection, or observation or monitoring of one's own mental processes, seems to give a picture of mental processes which is inconsistent in various ways with mechanism. Secondly, this picture is deeply entrenched both in language and in the attitudes people normally adopt towards their behaviour and that of other persons. Next, the very fact that people do folk psychology is itself a consequence of the occurrence of mental events; and so the very existence of folk psychology appears to be a difference made by the occurrence of mental events.

Keywords: consciousness; entrenchment; language; common-sense psychology; mechanism

Chapter.  7275 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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