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Can Psychology Be A Unified Science?

Shapiro, Lawrence (2004) Can Psychology Be A Unified Science? In: [2004] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 19th Biennial Meeting - PSA2004: Contributed Papers (Austin, TX; 2004) > PSA 2004 Contributed Papers. (Unpublished)

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    Jaegwon Kim has argued that if psychological kinds are multiply realizable then no single psychological theory can describe regularities ranging over psychological states. Instead, psychology must be fractured, with human psychology covering states realized in the human way, martian psychology covering states realized in the martian way, and so on. I show that even if one accepts the principles that motivate Kim’s argument, his conclusion does not follow. I then offer a dilemma that forces Kim to concede the possibility of a unified psychology. I close with a discussion of what, according to Jerry Fodor, is “really bugging” Kim.


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Keywords: Multiple Realizability, Jaegwon Kim, Special Sciences
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Psychology/Psychiatry
    General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
    General Issues > Explanation
    Conferences and Volumes: [2004] Philosophy of Science Assoc. 19th Biennial Meeting - PSA2004: Contributed Papers (Austin, TX; 2004) > PSA 2004 Contributed Papers
    Depositing User: Lawrence Shapiro
    Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2006
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:12
    Item ID: 1898
    Publisher: Lawrence Shapiro
    Public Domain: No
    Conference Date: November, 2004
    Conference Location: Austin, TX
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/1898

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