Wittgenstein and Philosophical Psychology

Moyal-Sharrock, Daniele (ed.), Perspicuous Presentations: Essays on Wittgenstein's Philosophical Psychology, Palgrave Macmillan, 2007

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Hardback, 336 pages
ISBN: 978-0-230-52748-5

Book Description
This anthology focuses on Wittgenstein's contributions to the philosophy of psychology. Topics include Wittgenstein's social philosophy of mind, secondary sense, patterns of life, the myth of the outer, the unconscious, fear, grammar, thought, experiencing meaning, subjectivity, psychological certainty and perspicuous representations. Contributions by John V. Canfield, Frank Cioffi, Jeff Coulter and Wes Sharrock, Stephen Cowley, Michel ter Hark, Rom Harre, Lars Hertzberg, Dan Hutto, Eric Loomis, Daniele Moyal-Sharrock, as well as — translated from the French — Jacques Bouveresse, Stephane Chauvier, Christiane Chauvire, Sandra Laugier, Jean-Jacques Rosat.

Hutto, Daniel D., "Getting Clear about Perspicuous Representations: Wittgenstein, Baker & Fodor" in Perspicuous Presentations: Essays on Wittgenstein's Philosophy of Psychology, Moyal-Sharrock, D. (ed), Basingstoke: Palgrave 2007.
Downloadable from: http://perseus.herts.ac.uk/uhinfo/library/y38068_3.pdf

Harré Rom, Wittgenstein and Psychology: A Practical Guide. Basingstoke: Ashgate. With M. A. Tissaw. (2005).

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322 pages
ISBN: 978-0-7546-5253-3

Brief Description
Wittgenstein made use of his insights into the nature and powers of language to search out the source of conceptual confusions in the foundations of mathematics and in philosophy of psychology. Once he has established the use account of language, his Philosophical Investigations opens out into an extensive coverage of psychological phenomena and the concepts with which we identify and manage them. In this book Harré and Tissaw display Wittgenstein's analysis of the 'grammar' of the most important of these concepts in a systematic and accessible way. Previous studies of the psychological aspects of Wittgenstein's writings, admirable as exegeses of his thought, have paid little attention to the relevant psychology. Here, the 'adjacent' theories and empirical investigations from mainstream psychology have been described in sufficient detail to show how Wittgenstein's work impinges on psychology as it has actually been practiced. In using this book, philosophers will be able to get a sense of the relevance of Wittgenstein's philosophical psychology to the development of psychology as a science. Psychologists will be able to see how to use Wittgenstein's insights to enrich and discipline their attempts to gain an understanding of human thinking, feeling, acting and perceiving, the domain of psychology as science. The book includes an historical overview of the sources of Wittgenstein's philosophy in the Vienna of the last years of Austro-Hungary, as well as a brief presentation of the main themes of his Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus as it anticipated computational models of cognition. Student use is emphasized with frequent summaries and self-test questionnaires.

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Mueller, U. & Racine, T. (eds) (2009) New Ideas in Psychology Special Issue: Mind, Meaning and Language: Wittgenstein’s Relevance for Psychology, 27:2 (August 2009).

Brief Description
Philosophers and psychologists discuss the importance of Wittgenstein's thought for the philosophy of psychology, and the extent to which his writings can serve as a basis for psychological theory and method. Chapter topics include language acquisition, autism, memory, emotion, gestures, rule-following, normativity, folk psychology. Contributors include: Rom Harré, Dan Hutto, D. Moyal-Sharrock, K. Nelson, Tim Racine, C. Rodriguez.

Leudar, Ivan I & Costall, A (eds), Against Theory of Mind, Palgrave Macmillan 2009.
ISBN: 9780230552739
288 pages

Brief Discussion
The 'theory of mind' framework has been the fastest growing body of empirical research in contemporary psychology; it has given rise to a range of positions on what it takes to relate to others as intentional beings. Yet the approach has avoided any sustained engagement with alternative explanations of social action and experience, such as socio-cultural
psychology, dialogical psychology, discursive psychology, narrative psychology or ethnomethodology. This volume brings together disparate strands of theory of mind research and mercilessly documents conceptual errors on which the approach is based and pseudo problems which it tries to answer. The book lays out the historical roots of the theory of mind idea and indicates better alternatives, such as ecologically informed narrative psychology.

Introduction: Against 'Theory of Mind'; I.Leudar & A.Costall
On Historical Antecedents of 'Theory of Mind'; I.Leudar & A.Costall
Theory of Mind: The Madness Behind the Method; A.Costall & I.Leudar
'ToM': A Critical Commentary Continued; W.Sharrock & J.Coulter
Participants Don't Need Theories: Knowing Minds in Engagement; V.Reddy & P.Morris
Specifying Interactional Markers of Schizophrenia in Clinical Consultations; R.McCabe
The Roots of Mindblindness; S.Shanker & J.Stieben
Who Really Needs a 'Theory' of Mind?; E.Williams
Do Animals Need a Theory of Mind?; M.Bavidge & I.Ground
Closet Cartesianism in discursive psychology; W.Sharrock
A Dialogical Approach in Psychology: An Alternative to the Dualism of ToM; I.Markova
Conclusion: ToM Rules, but it is not OK!; D.D.Hutto

Keywords: Psychology, Theory of Mind, covert dualism, mindreading

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