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Psychologism

Charles Travis

in Objectivity and the Parochial

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780199596218
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595783 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199596218.003.0005
Psychologism

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Psychologism is a term of abuse. It refers to one of several errors. One is to violate correct demands on the objectivity of judgement; to allow what is so to be decided by our (or some thinkers') impressions of what is so. The other is to engage in a priori ‘science’. This chapter explores Frege's (and others') demands on objectivity, why there should be such demands, and the room this leaves for our thought to be shaped by the parochial. It also discusses some of the further hazards of mistaking philosophy for science (notably empirical psychology), or vice versa.

Keywords: Frege; objectivity; psychologism; judgement

Chapter.  13236 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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