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Alternatives to Cognition by Christina Lee

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Chapter 9

New Directions: Alternatives to a Monolithic Psychology of Cognition

A string of raw facts; a little gossip and wrangle about opinions; a little classification and description on the mere descriptive level; a strong prejudice that we have states of mind, but not a single law in the sense that physics shows us laws, not a single proposition from which any consequence causally can be deduced. We don’t even know the terms between which the elementary laws would obtain if we had them.

—James (1893, p. 468)

If cognitivism is scientifically invalid and based on outdated and inappropriate metaphysical concepts, what does this imply for the development of the discipline? Does it mean that psychology has met a dead end?

Proponents of cognitivism, ...

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