Title

Folk psychology without theory or simulation

RIS ID

81055

Publication Details

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

Additional Publication Information

ISBN: 9781402055577

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.

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