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Cartesian Psychology and Physical Minds : Individualism and the Science of the Mind - Robert Andrew Wilson

Cartesian Psychology and Physical Minds

Individualism and the Science of the Mind

Paperback Published: 2nd February 1998
ISBN: 9780521597340
Number Of Pages: 288

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This book offers an extensive critique of individualism in psychology, a view that has been the subject of debate between philosophers such as Jerry Fodor and Tyler Burge for many years. Robert Wilson approaches individualism as an issue in the philosophy of science, and by discussing issues such as computationalism and the mind's modularity, he opens the subject up for nonphilosophers in psychology and computer science. Because the topic is so central to the philosophy of mind, an area generating enormous research and debate at present, the book has implications for a very broad range of philosophical issues.

"The book offers an extensive critique of individualism in psychology...The author...opens the subject up for non-philosophers in psychology and computer science. He carefully examines the most influential arguments for individualism and identifies the main metaphysical assumptions underlying them...the book has implications for a very broad range of philosophical issues..." International Journal of Psychology "The present work is a powerful addition to the debate concerning individualism. It value lies in its clear presentation and much-needed critical summary of recent developments in individualism." Choice "Robert Wilson's intelligent and careful book is a smart step in the direction of anti-individualist wide psychology and a good help to clarify the terms of the debate." Augustin Vicente, Philosophy in Review "This book offers an extensive critique of individualism in psychology...[Wilson] opens the subject up for non-philosophers in psychology and computer science. He carefully examines the most influential arguments for individualism and identifies the main metaphysical assumptions underlying them...the book has implications for a very broad philosophical range." International Journal of Psychology

What is individualism in psychology?
On Arguments for Individualism
An A Priori argument: the argument from causal powers
An Empirical Argument: The Computational Argument
Methodological arguments
Psychological Explanation and Mental Causation
Rethinking the Role of Causal Powers in Taxonomy and Explanation
Making sense of mental causation
The Place of Folk Psychology: Computationalism, Individualism, and Narrow Content
The Case Against Individualism
The Causal Depth and Theoretical Appropriateness of Wide Psychology
Individualistic visions of psychology: prospects and problems
Cartesian Psychology and the Science of the Mind
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ISBN: 9780521597340
ISBN-10: 052159734X
Series: Cambridge Studies in Philosophy
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 2nd February 1998
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.37