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LINGUIST List 23.4286

Sat Oct 13 2012

Books: Empiricism and the Foundations of Psychology: Kuczynski

Editor for this issue: Danniella Hornby <daniellalinguistlist.org>

Date: 04-Oct-2012
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: Empiricism and the Foundations of Psychology: Kuczynski
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Title: Empiricism and the Foundations of Psychology
Series Title: Advances in Consciousness Research 87
Published: 2012
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: http://benjamins.com/catalog/aicr.87

Author: John-Michael Kuczynski
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027273857 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 158.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027273857 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 105.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027273857 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 88.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027213532 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 111.30
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027213532 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 105.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027213532 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 158.00
Abstract:

Intended for philosophically minded psychologists and psychologically minded philosophers, this book identifies the ways that psychology has hobbled itself by adhering too strictly to empiricism, this being the doctrine that all knowledge is observation-based. In the first part of this two-part work, we show that empiricism is false. In the second part, we identify the psychology-relevant consequences of this fact. Five of these are of special importance:

(i) Whereas some psychopathologies (e.g. obsessive-compulsive disorder) corrupt the activity mediated by one's psychological architecture, others (e.g. sociopathy) corrupt that architecture itself.

(ii) The basic tenets of psychoanalysis are coherent.

(iii) All propositional attitudes are beliefs.

(iv) Selves are minds that self-evaluate.

And:

(v) It is by giving our thoughts a perceptible form that we enable ourselves to evaluate them, and it is by expressing ourselves in language and art that we give our thoughts a perceptible form. (Series A)

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
                            Philosophy of Language

Written In: English (eng)

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