Mentalistic Metatheory and Methodology

Document Type: 
ASSC Conference Item
Article Type: 
Theoretical
Disciplines: 
Psychology
Topics: 
Theory of Consciousness
Deposited by: 
Donelson E. Dulany
Contact email: 
ddulany@cyrus.psych.uiuc.edu, or ddulany@uiuc.edu, or ddulany@illinois.edu
Date of Issue: 
2009
Authors: 
Donelson E. Dulany
Event Dates: 
5-8 June 2009
Event Location: 
Berlin
Event Title: 
ASSC XIII
Event Type: 
ASSC Conference
Presentation Type: 
Poster
Publish status: 
Unpublished
Abstract: 
Mentalistic Metatheory and Methodology Donelson E. Dulany Department of Psychology, University of Illinois A mentalistic metatheory implies theoretical analyses of mental episodes in varieties of mental activity. It contrasts with other standard approaches in holding that conscious states are the sole carriers of symbolic contents, and in its more analytic approach: distinguishing propositional and non-propositional contents, their separate roles in deliberative and associative-activational mental episodes, the separable variables on which conscious modes, contents, and agency may vary. In recognition of competing views of these theoretical constructs, a mentalistic methodology is a logic of competitive support: the Duhem-Quine thesis (for joint evaluation of theory and report validity), Bayesian inference (for rational modification of belief), and logic of networks (for importance of theoretical and data richness.)
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