On the Limitations of Commonsense Psychology
The psychological concepts that form part of our ordinary language are, according to Smedslund, logically related to one another. To be a person, for instance, implies having a body. And the proposition ‘p is a person’ implies ‘p has a body’. Every psychological concept is in this way logically related to some other psychological concepts, and consequently there are many conceptual truths to be discovered by analyzing and explicating ordinary language. Psychological common sense, according to Smedslund, consists of those psychological conceptual truths that everyone knows and agrees upon. Which propositions are of this kind must be ascertained by empirical methods.
KeywordsPsychological Theory Life Story Ordinary Language True Proposition Psychological Concept
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