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Folk Psychology

Adam Morton

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Mind

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780199262618
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199262618.003.0042

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

 Folk Psychology

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We describe people in terms of their beliefs, desires, emotions, and personalities, and we attempt to explain their actions in terms of these and other such states. These are folk-psychological concepts; they are the ones we use when we think of people in terms of their minds. By ‘folk psychology’ it is meant whatever serves this linking role for folk-psychological concepts. Much philosophical writing about concepts would suggest that the linking must be done primarily by beliefs or theories; a central question is whether this is so for folk-psychological concepts.

Keywords: folk psychology; belief and desire; concepts of emotion; human action; physical world; state of mind

Article.  7084 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Philosophy of Mind

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