Is the language of intentional psychology an efficient tool for evolutionists?
2008 (English)In: Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, ISSN 1369-8486, E-ISSN 1879-2499, Vol. 39, no 1, 147-152 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The language of intentional psychology is commonly used as a means of addressing issues concerning selection. This habit is generally considered an efficient shorthand, but oft-reported misunderstandings leave room for doubt. I stress the general point that efficiency of a mode of expression is an empirical matter, deserving the same treatment, theoretically and methodologically, as other such matters. Mistaken assumptions regarding the relevant cognitive capacities may make for inefficient communication, and discourse about human evolution is a plausible case in point.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 39, no 1, 147-152 p.
Intentional shorthand, misunderstanding, selectionist thinking
Research subject Theoretical Philosophy
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-17146DOI: 10.1016/j.shpsc.2007.12.007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-17146DiVA: diva2:183666