Animism, Realism and Anti-Realism

  • David Livingstone Smith
Part of the Studies in Cognitive Systems book series (COGS, volume 23)


The contemporary debate about the status of folk-psychology is a continuation and extension of criticisms of introspection offered by philosophers and psychologists earlier in the century. These efforts grew out of the failure of introspectionism to provide a basis for a scientific psychology. Boring (1933) and others advanced the view that far from yielding a pure and incorrigible account of mental states introspection delivers an ‘interpreted’ (theorized) picture.


Mental Event Contemporary Debate Unconscious Mental Process Interpretive Strategy Scientific Psychology 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1999

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