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A principled basis for psychological research: Book review of Praetorius on Cognition-Action

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Abstract


  • Praetorius' book advocates a healthy review and reform of the basic assumptions of much general theorising in psychology. Her central concern is to supply reasons of principle to demarcate the psychological and stave off reductionism. She seeks to derive these results from a handful of principles that she holds must be accepted since they form the very grounds for engaging in any inquiry at all. She employs these to good effect by showing that a number of prominent targets engaged in psychological theorising, including Gibson, Marr, Saussure, Stich and Fodor, are prey to deep-seated confusions about the general relation between language and the world. Similarly, she argues that social constructivists and relativists fall foul of the same oversight. I applaud her arguments against these figures and schools of thought.

Publication Date


  • 2002

Citation


  • Hutto, D. (2002). A principled basis for psychological research: Book review of Praetorius on Cognition-Action. Psycoloquy, 13 (20), 1-4.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-4143071499

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1715&context=lhapapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/710

Number Of Pages


  • 3

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 4

Volume


  • 13

Issue


  • 20

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.cogsci.ecs.soton.ac.uk/cgi/psyc/newpsy?13.020

Abstract


  • Praetorius' book advocates a healthy review and reform of the basic assumptions of much general theorising in psychology. Her central concern is to supply reasons of principle to demarcate the psychological and stave off reductionism. She seeks to derive these results from a handful of principles that she holds must be accepted since they form the very grounds for engaging in any inquiry at all. She employs these to good effect by showing that a number of prominent targets engaged in psychological theorising, including Gibson, Marr, Saussure, Stich and Fodor, are prey to deep-seated confusions about the general relation between language and the world. Similarly, she argues that social constructivists and relativists fall foul of the same oversight. I applaud her arguments against these figures and schools of thought.

Publication Date


  • 2002

Citation


  • Hutto, D. (2002). A principled basis for psychological research: Book review of Praetorius on Cognition-Action. Psycoloquy, 13 (20), 1-4.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-4143071499

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1715&context=lhapapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/710

Number Of Pages


  • 3

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 4

Volume


  • 13

Issue


  • 20

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.cogsci.ecs.soton.ac.uk/cgi/psyc/newpsy?13.020