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The assumption that 'mind' is the product of individual development and that cognition and emotion must be sited in individual people has dominated psychology until recently. The new conception of a 'social construction of mind' is grounded in the idea that an interpersonal conversation is the fundamental psychological reality, and that individual minds are… (More)
you cut a crumb in half do you have two new crumbs or two halves of a crumb?' Since Robert Boyle's corpuscularian philosophy, chemistry has been a mereological science. Displacing the metaphysics of`continuous substances' and`qualities' as the expression of " principles " , chemistry has been built on a `part-whole' metaphysics. The grammar for the use… (More)
Psychological phenomena are semiotic, so the best model for understanding them must be 'conversation'. Psychiatric conversations are dominated by complaints. In dealing with them the structure of the consequential conversation must be subjected to 'positioning analysis' to reveal the dynamics of rights and duties among the speakers.
Hybrid Psychology: The marriage of discourse analysis with neuroscience. As the 21st Century opened the controversial and unstable discipline ofàcademic psychology' seemed to separating into two radically distinct and perhaps irreconcilable domains. Discursive psychology focused on the management of meaning in a world of norms while Neuropsychology focused… (More)
The study of emotions has been one of the most important areas of research in the Social Sciences. Social Psychology has also contributed to the development of this area. In this article we analyse the contribution of social Psychology to the study of emotion, understood as a social construct, and its strong relationship with language. Specifically, we open… (More)
Historically, there has been a close relationship between the concepts of structure and of shape. Is the relationship a matter of fact or is it conceptual? Exploring this question with examples enables us to distinguish several senses of structure. Clearly, spatial shape is not conceptually related to constitutive structure, since a molecule may consist… (More)
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In this paper I argue that the recent tendency to elevate neuropsychology to the status of the one true scientific core of studies of people thinking, feeling, acting and perceiving is not best understood as a simple mereological fallacy, that is the fallacy of ascribing certain properties of wholes to their parts, in particular mental concepts to the… (More)
a B S t r a C t Rom Harré is one of the most important figures in academia of recent decades. Born in New Zealand he developed most of his career in Oxford. Influenced by authors such asrré has produced his own and innovative approach to humanities and social sciences topics. His writings on philosophy of science have been focused on destabilizing the… (More)