The Lay Epistemic Framework

Its History and Scope
  • Arie W. Kruglanski
Part of the Perspectives in Social Psychology book series (PSPS)


Several years ago I began to formulate a set of ideas that promised a fresh perspective on the diverse body of causal attribution models proposed in recent years by social psychologists. The fresh perspective was contained in my theory of lay epistemics, and the attributional models were assumed to represent special cases of that particular framework. The theory of lay epistemics addresses the process whereby people acquire knowledge about themselves and the surrounding world. It depicts the invariant principles that govern the formation and revision of beliefs in various domains of life as disparate in content as science, religion, or politics.


Social Comparison Causal Attribution Attribution Theory Logical Consistency Fresh Perspective 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Arie W. Kruglanski
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  1. 1.University of MarylandCollege ParkUSA

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