Two Kinds of Mental Realism

Demeter, Tamás (2009) Two Kinds of Mental Realism. Journal for General Philosophy of Science, 40 (1). pp. 59-71. ISSN 0925-4560 (print), 1572-8587 (online)

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I argue that there is a distinction to be drawn between two kinds of mental realism, and I draw some lessons for the realism-antirealism debate. Although it is already at hand, the distinction has not yet been drawn clearly. The difference to be shown consists in what realism is about: it may be either about the interpretation of folk psychology, or the ontology of mental entities. I specify the commitment to the fact-stating character of the discourse as the central component of realism about folk psychology, and from this I separate realism about mental entities as an ontological commitment towards them. I point out that the two views are mutually independent, which provides the possibility of considering folk psychology as not being in cognitive competition with scientific psychology. At the end I make a tentative suggestion as to how to interpret the former in order to avoid this conflict.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion / filozófia, pszichológia, vallás > BD Speculative Philosophy / rendszeres filozófia > BD3 Philosophy of mind and spirit / szellem filozófiája
Depositing User: Gábor Forrai
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2012 09:51
Last Modified: 27 Dec 2013 06:52

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