On Psychological Language: and the Physiomorphic Basis of Human Nature

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Routledge, 30.11.2021 - 184 Seiten
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First published in 1989, On Psychological Language and the Physiomorphic Basis of Human Nature was written to provide a new and controversial analysis of the nature of psychological language.

The book argues that psychological concepts of all kinds are ultimately derived from concepts about the external world, so that ‘human nature’ is nothing more than ‘internalized Nature’. It draws attention to problems regarding the nature of linguistic reference, and puts forward a route for considering human psychological evolution, raising questions about the nature of psychology as a discipline and its relationship with the physical sciences. This ‘physiomorphic theory’ challenged ways of thinking about psychological language at the time of original publication.

Interdisciplinary in its approach, On Psychological Language and the Physiomorphic Basis of Human Nature has enduring relevance for those with an interest in psychology, anthropology, philosophy, and linguistics.

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The Anthropomorphic Illusion
1
The Physiomorphic Theory of Psychological Language
8
Persons Objects and Signals
33
Everyday Psychological Language
52
Physiomorphism and the History of Psychology
73
Physiomorphism in Human Evolution
103
Epilogue The Imploding Ape
132
Etymological sources of 71 apparently nonfigurative English PL words
137
Note on the status of the Physiomorphic Theory
143
Note on Stone Tools
148
Notes
150
References
157
Name index
165
Subject index
168

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Graham Richards

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