publication . Doctoral thesis . 2010

Beyond folk psychology? : toward an enriched account of social understanding

Herschbach, Mitchell Albert;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Jan 2010
  • Publisher: eScholarship, University of California
  • Country: United States
Abstract
Folk psychology is the ability to interpret people's mental states (beliefs, desires, etc.) and use this information to explain and predict their behavior. While folk psychology has traditionally been seen as fundamental to human social understanding, philosophers drawing on the phenomenological tradition have recently argued that most of our everyday social interactions do not involve folk psychology. I defend the role of folk psychology in human social understanding against these phenomenological critics. I argue that we need not abandon the folk psychological picture to heed the central claims of these phenomenological critics. In so doing, I develop an enric...
Subjects
free text keywords: UCSD Dissertations, Academic Philosophy and cognitive science. (Discipline), Ethnopsychology, Phenomenological sociology History and criticism, Social perception, Social cognitive theory
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