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The Ontology of Intelligence

  • James R. Flynn
Part of the Australasian Studies in History and Philosophy of Science book series (AUST, volume 5)

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to clarify the existential or ontological status of intelligence and this means an analysis of both the primitive concept of intelligence found in everyday life and scientific constructs. Scientific constructs can be understood only in the context of the theories that have generated them and I have chosen to concentrate on the Spearman—Jensen theory of intelligence and the psychometric construct called g or general intelligence. The first half of the paper will argue that psychometric g has shown considerable promise as a scientific construct; the second half will show that its successes have been accompanied by significant failures and argue that the Spearman—Jensen theory must be revised and transcended.

Keywords

Academic Achievement Cultural Distance Mental Ability Mental Test Primitive Concept 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • James R. Flynn
    • 1
  1. 1.University of OtagoDunedinNew Zealand

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