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How to Power Encultured Minds

Joseph, Vukov and Charles, Lassiter (2018) How to Power Encultured Minds. [Preprint]

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Cultural psychologists often describe the relationship between mind and culture as ‘dynamic.’ In light of this, we provide two desiderata that a theory about encultured minds ought to meet: the theory ought to reflect how cultural psychologists describe their own findings and it ought to be thoroughly naturalistic. We show that a realist theory of causal powers — which holds that powers are causally-efficacious and empirically-discoverable — fits the bill. After an introduction to the major concepts in cultural psychology and describing causal power realism, we use a case study — the effects of pathogen prevalence on culture and cognition — to show the explanatory capacities of the powers framework


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Item Type: Preprint
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Joseph, Vukov
Charles, Lassiter
Keywords: mental powers, cultural psychology, encultured cognition
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Anthropology
Specific Sciences > Psychology
Specific Sciences > Sociology
Depositing User: Dr. Charles Lassiter
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2018 17:18
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2018 17:18
Item ID: 14913
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Anthropology
Specific Sciences > Psychology
Specific Sciences > Sociology
Date: 18 July 2018
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14913

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