Mielen teoria, selittäminen ja ymmärtäminen

The Theory of Mind, Explanation and Understanding

Georg Henrik von Wright's Explanation and Understanding (1971) defends the methodological distinction between causally explaining natural sciences on one hand and the human scien­ces that produce understanding of meanings of the action on the other hand. The central issue for the validity of this distinction is the nature of what is called "the theory of mind" nowadays. The central argument of this article is that the practice of using the theory of mind is an explanatory practice and the "logical connection" argument defended by von Wright is not sound. I will also give reasons for why it is adequate to analyze the concept of understanding with the concept of explanation also in the context of human sciences. Furthermore, using only the theory of mind in conceptualizing human action is insufficient for understanding human action and cannot be the basis for human sciences.

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