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The Philosophy of Psychology - Peter Carruthers

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What is the relationship between common-sense, or 'folk', psychology and contemporary scientific psychology? Are they in conflict with one another? Or do they perform quite different, though perhaps complementary, roles? George Botterill and Peter Carruthers discuss these questions, defending a robust form of realism about the commitments of folk psychology and about the prospects for integrating those commitments into natural science. Their focus throughout the book is on the ways in which cognitive science presents a challenge to our common-sense self-image - arguing that our native conception of the mind will be enriched, but not overturned, by science. The Philosophy of Psychology is designed as a textbook for upper-level undergraduate and beginning graduate students in philosophy and cognitive science, but as a text that not only surveys but advances the debates on the topics discussed, it will also be of interest to researchers working in these areas.

"This superb interdisciplinary introductory survey gives a comprehensive overview of the current state of research in the philosophy of psychology. ...a brilliant contribution to the newly emerging, and somewhat arduous, interdisciplinary project of cognitive science." Philosophical Psychology "This is an important addition to any collection in the philosophy of mind." Choice

Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction: some background
Folk-psychological commitments
Modularity and nativism
Mind-reading
Reasoning and irrationality
Content for psychology
Content naturalised
Forms of representation
Consciousness: the final frontier?
References
Index of names
Index of subjects
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ISBN: 9780521551113
ISBN-10: 0521551110
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 310
Published: 28th August 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.61