The Psychological Record

, Volume 42, Issue 1, pp 75–86 | Cite as

Reflections on Certain Presuppositions Which Tend to Limit Dialogue between Philosophers and Psychologists

  • David R. Lea


This paper aims to clarify certain assumptions, methods, and conclusions which have tended to divide philosophy and psychology. In order to demonstrate these differences, I have selected certain issues and developments within the philosophy of language which are relevant to behaviorism and cognitive theory. What I will demonstrate is that the assumptions, methods, and conclusions of an enquiry are often related to beliefs about the duality of the human subject. I also point out that philosophers are not unanimous about the existence of this alleged duality. Accordingly, I show that when philosophers abandon the dualistic interpretation, they also reject the idea that philosophy and psychology are fundamentally irreconcilable disciplines.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David R. Lea
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  1. 1.Department of Psychology and PhilosophyUniversity PO; University of Papua New GuineaPapua New Guinea

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