The Relationship between Introspection and Folk Psychology: An Overview - Giuseppe Lo Dico - Vita e Pensiero - Articolo Filosofia Neo-Scolastica Vita e Pensiero

The Relationship between Introspection and Folk Psychology: An Overview

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and Folk Psychology: An Overview
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journal RIVISTA DI FILOSOFIA NEO-SCOLASTICA
issue RIVISTA DI FILOSOFIA NEO-SCOLASTICA - 2021 - 3
title The Relationship between Introspection and Folk Psychology: An Overview
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Publisher Vita e Pensiero
format Article | Pdf
online since 10-2021
doi 10.26350/001050_000285
issn 0035-6247 (print) | 1827-7926 (digital)
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The epistemic status of introspection remains a controversial topic. Due to its subjective character, introspection is not an easy fit with natural sciences or a physicalistic picture of the mind. In literature, introspection is conceived as  dealing only with macro-cognition and not with micro-cognition, the supposed object of study of scientific psychology. This essay discusses the epistemic status of introspection in light of its relationship with folk psychology and spells it out through an analysis of the positions of Wilkes, Alston, Schwitzgebel, and Churchland. Specifically, the essay makes a distinction between folk and scientific psychology and addresses the issue of the incorrigibility/infallibility of introspective judgments. The essay endorses a view according to which introspection should be conceived as a cognitive process the contents of which are provided by folk knowledge. It shows how this view can be appreciated as  scientific, provided that a physicalistic image of the mind is rejected.

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Introspection, Folk Psychology, Scientific Psychology, Natural Sciences, Human Sciences

Author biography

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano. Email: giuseppe.lodico@unicatt.it

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