Folk Psychology
Baker (Lynne Rudder)
Source: MIT Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science, Rob Wilson and Frank Keil, eds. (Cambridge MA: MIT Press, 1999): 319-20
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  1. In recent years, folk psychology has become a topic of debate not just among philosophers, but among developmental psychologists and primatologists as well.
  2. Yet there are two different things that “folk psychology” has come to mean, and they are not always distinguished:
    1. Commonsense psychology that explains human behavior in terms of beliefs, desires, intentions, expectations, preferences, hopes, fears, and so on;
    2. An interpretation of such everyday explanations as part of a folk theory, comprising a network of generalizations employing concepts like belief, desire, and so on.
  3. The second definition — suggested by Sellars (1963) and dubbed “theory-theory” by Morton (1980) — is a philosophical account of the first.


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