Folk Psychologies Across Cultures

Description

Without taking a single psychology course, ordinary people learn to understand, predict, and explain one another’s actions, thoughts, and motivations. Many cognitive scientists and philosophers claim that our everyday or folk understanding of mental states constitutes a theory of mind. That theory is widely called folk psychology (sometimes commonsense psychology). The terms in which folk psychology are couched are familiar ones of "belief" and "desire," "hunger," "pain," and so forth. According to many theorists, folk psychology plays a central role in our capacity to predict and explain the behavior of ourselves and of others. This book has two goals: (a) to provide a framework for analyzing folk psychologies, and (b) to describe multiple forms that folk psychologies assume in different cultures. 

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Bibliographic Information
  • Pub date: August 2001
  • English
  • 9781452267241 / 0761924604
  • United Kingdom
  • Primary Price: 33.99 GBP
  • Pages: 352
  • SAGE Publications / SAGE Publications, Inc
  • Publish State: Published
  • Responsibility: R. Murray Thomas.
  • Page size: 23
  • Reference Code: BDZ0003029524