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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Jan Smedslund
    Pages 1-6
  3. Jan Smedslund
    Pages 7-19
  4. Jan Smedslund
    Pages 21-34
  5. Jan Smedslund
    Pages 35-48
  6. Jan Smedslund
    Pages 49-54
  7. Jan Smedslund
    Pages 55-68
  8. Jan Smedslund
    Pages 69-84
  9. Jan Smedslund
    Pages 85-102
  10. Jan Smedslund
    Pages 103-105
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 107-112

About this book


Psycho-Logic is an attempt to formulate explicitly the implicit common-sense psychology embedded in everyday language and taken for granted by its users. The key concepts in this system are given definitions, and the basic assumptions are presented in the form of axioms. A number of corollaries and theorems are formally proved. The text also contains numerous notes in which the formal propositions and their broader implications are discussed. It is assumed that the relationship between psycho-logic and empirical psychology is analogous to that existing between geometry and geography. Psycho-logic and geometry both provide a formal system in terms of which one may describe and analyze respectively psychological phenomena and geographical terrains. The book should be of particular interest to practicing psychologists since it provides an analysis of the main characteristics of persons and person-interactions, emphasizing such concepts as care, respect, understanding and control.


Action Common-Sense awareness care geometry identity interaction language pain psychology

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of PsychologyUniversity of OsloOslo 3Norway

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Psycho-Logic
  • Authors Jan Smedslund
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-18518-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-73123-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-73121-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 112
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Clinical Psychology
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