This essential book provides a comprehensive explanation of the key topics and debates arising in the philosophy of psychology. In editors William O'Donohue and Richard Kitchener's thoughtful examination, philosophy and psychology converge on several themes of great importance such as the foundations of knowledge, the nature of science, rationality, behaviorism, cognitive science, folk psychology, neuropsychology, psychoanalysis, professionalism, and research ethics. The Philosophy of Psychology also provides an in-depth discussion of ethics in counseling and psychiatry while exploring the diverse topics listed above. The internationally renowned group of contributors to this volume both stimulating and informative. The Philosophy of Psychology will be invaluable for students and academics in theories and systems in psychology, cognitive psychology, cognitive science, philosophy of the social sciences, philosophy of the mind, and related courses.

“Folk Psychology” and its Implications for Psychological Science

“Folk Psychology” and its Implications for Psychological Science

“Folk psychology” and its implications for psychological science


A major impediment to the development of a science of psychology is the existence in ordinary nontechnical discourse of a prescientific language/theory, which is in constant use by the man-and-woman in the street when they describe their own and other people's psychological states and explain their own and other people's behavior. This is what is known in contemporary philosophical parlance as “folk psychology.” The psychologist cannot afford to ignore folk psychology in the way a physicist can ignore folk physics. For folk psychological descriptions and explanations given by subjects and clients are part of the data of psychology, in a way that folk physical descriptions and explanations are not part ...

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