A Social History and Philosophy
By Martin Kusch
Routledge – 2006 – 424 pages
Series: Philosophical Issues in Science
Psychologists and philosophers have assumed that psychological knowledge is knowledge about, and held by, the individual mind. Psychological Knowledge challenges these views. It argues that bodies of psychological knowledge are social institutions like money or the monarchy, and that mental states are social artefacts like coins or crowns.
Martin Kusch takes on arguments of alternative proposals, shows what is wrong with them, and demonstrates how his own social-philosophical approach constitutes an advance. We see that exists a substantial natural amount of philosophical theorising, a body of work that tries to determine the nature and structure of folk psychology.
Examining the workings of constuctivism, Psychological Knowledge is an invaluable introduction to the history of psychology and the recent philosophy of mind.
'This work is a model of clarity … It is written by an author fully in command of his material, seeking to advance debate by serious engagement with much serious literature.' - History of Psychiatry
Martin Kusch is Lecturer in the Department of History and Philosophy at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of several books, including Psychologism (Routledge).