Folk Psychology as a Theory

[Revised entry by Ian Ravenscroft on August 16, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The concept of folk psychology has played a significant role in philosophy of mind and cognitive science
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[Revised entry by Ian Ravenscroft on August 16, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The concept of folk psychology has played a significant role in philosophy of mind and cognitive science over the last half century. However, even a cursory examination of the literature reveals that there are at least three distinct senses in which the term "folk psychology" is used. (1) Sometimes "folk psychology" is used to refer to a particular set of cognitive capacities which include - but are not exhausted by - the capacities to predict and explain behavior. (2) The term "folk psychology" is...

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