Philosophy of Psychology

  title={Philosophy of Psychology},
  author={P. Carruthers and George S. Botterill},
The question of the content of the book was more difficult. There is a vast range of topics which could be discussed under the heading of ‘philosophy of psychology’, and a great many different approaches to those topics could be taken. For scientific psychology is itself a very broad church, ranging from various forms of cognitive psychology, through artificial intelligence, social psychology, behavioural psychology, comparative psychology, neuro-psychology, psycho-pathology, and so on. And… Expand
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The new hybrids: Continuing debates on social perception
  • S. Gallagher
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Consciousness and Cognition
  • 2015
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