The Psychology of Folk Psychology

Alvin I. Goldman

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This chapter illustrates the study of folk psychology, which pertains to an individual's collection of mental concepts (happy, afraid, want, pain, doubt, etc.). It provides a methodology for understanding folk psychology while looking for a model of mental-state ascription. It also tackles the problems with functionalisman alternative to the theory of mind while explaining a second functionalist model, Classical functionalism, a phenomenological model, and computationalism. It provides empirical study on theorytheory, psychological proof about introspection, and an analysis of the ontological implications of folk psychology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationJoint Ventures
Subtitle of host publicationMindreading, Mirroring, and Embodied Cognition
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780190267674
ISBN (Print)9780199874187
StatePublished - Sep 12 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


  • Classical functionalism
  • Computationalism
  • Folk psychology
  • Functionalism
  • Introspection
  • Mental concepts
  • Mental-state ascription
  • Theory-theory


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