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Can Psychology Be A Unified Science?

Shapiro, Lawrence (2004) Can Psychology Be A Unified Science? In: UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)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)
Shapiro, Lawrence
Keywords: Multiple Realizability, Jaegwon Kim, Special Sciences
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Psychology/Psychiatry
General Issues > Reductionism/Holism
General Issues > Explanation
Depositing User: Lawrence Shapiro
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2006
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:12
Item ID: 1898
Publisher: Lawrence Shapiro
Public Domain: No
Conference Date: November, 2004
Conference Location: Austin, TX

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