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Folk psychology without theory or simulation

Chapter


Abstract


  • Folk Psychology is dead. Long live Folk Psychology!! This could be the motto of

    many of the papers in this volume. I too endorse the need to reform the standard

    assumptions about the function, scope and basis of our capacity to understand

    others in terms of what might be called - accurately, if rather cumbersomely -

    propositional-attitude belief-desire psychology. Yet, I stop short of proposing a

    successor. I take it to be a datum that certain populations of psychologically normal,

    adult humans do, as a matter of fact, make sense of intentional action by appeal

    to reasons. In speaking of 'reasons' I mean precisely what philosophers have long

    understood to be at the heart of discrete episodes of means-end practical reasoning -

    processes that result in intentions to act.

Publication Date


  • 2007

Citation


  • Hutto, D. D. (2007). Folk psychology without theory or simulation. In D. D. Hutto & M. Ratcliffe (Eds.), Folk Psychology Re-Assessed (pp. 115-135). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781402055577

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/801

Book Title


  • Folk Psychology Re-Assessed

Start Page


  • 115

End Page


  • 135

Place Of Publication


  • Dordrecht, Netherlands

Abstract


  • Folk Psychology is dead. Long live Folk Psychology!! This could be the motto of

    many of the papers in this volume. I too endorse the need to reform the standard

    assumptions about the function, scope and basis of our capacity to understand

    others in terms of what might be called - accurately, if rather cumbersomely -

    propositional-attitude belief-desire psychology. Yet, I stop short of proposing a

    successor. I take it to be a datum that certain populations of psychologically normal,

    adult humans do, as a matter of fact, make sense of intentional action by appeal

    to reasons. In speaking of 'reasons' I mean precisely what philosophers have long

    understood to be at the heart of discrete episodes of means-end practical reasoning -

    processes that result in intentions to act.

Publication Date


  • 2007

Citation


  • Hutto, D. D. (2007). Folk psychology without theory or simulation. In D. D. Hutto & M. Ratcliffe (Eds.), Folk Psychology Re-Assessed (pp. 115-135). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781402055577

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/801

Book Title


  • Folk Psychology Re-Assessed

Start Page


  • 115

End Page


  • 135

Place Of Publication


  • Dordrecht, Netherlands