UCL Working Papers in Linguistics 11 (1999)

On interpreting 'folk psychology'


'Folk psychology' has meant many things to many people. In this paper I consider some of the construals and issues surrounding them. My aim is to clear the conceptual ground necessary to decide what is 'folk psychology' and what is not in a way that is sensitive to constraints of methodological naturalism. There is an interesting comparison between the notion of 'folk psychology' as discussed in different literatures, and the notion of 'language' as it was discussed before Chomsky sharpened the boundaries of empirical inquiry.

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