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[catalogued under 18. Thought / A. Modes of Thought / 4. Folk Psychology]

Full Idea

Folk psychology is indispensable for driving a car, which would be terrifying if we didn't assume there were psychologically normal people behind the wheels.

Gist of Idea

You couldn't drive a car without folk psychology


Daniel Dennett (works [1985]), quoted by Georges Rey - Contemporary Philosophy of Mind p.133 n35

Book Reference

Rey,Georges: 'Contemporary Philosophy of Mind' [Blackwell 1997], p.133

A Reaction

Nice example. If someone is approaching you from the front on your side of the road, should you assume that they are 'psychologically normal'? Does psychology imply behaviour, or vice versa?