Acts of Meaning (Four Lectures on Mind and Culture - - download pdf or read online

By Jerome Bruner

ISBN-10: 0674003608

ISBN-13: 9780674003606

Jerome Bruner argues that the cognitive revolution, with its present fixation on brain as "information processor;" has led psychology clear of the deeper aim of figuring out brain as a author of meanings. in simple terms via breaking out of the restrictions imposed by means of a computational version of brain do we seize the precise interplay during which brain either constitutes and is constituted through tradition.

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Oper causes of human action. The biological substrate, . the so-called universals of human narure, is not a cause of 20 • The Proper Study of Man • action but, at most, a constraint upon it or a condition for it. The engirie · in the car does not "cause" us to drive to the supermarket for the week's shopping, any more than our biological reproductive system "causes" us with very high odds to marry somebody from our own social class, ethnic group, and so on. Granted that without engine-powered cars we would not drive to supermarkets, nor perhaps would there be marriage in the absence of a reproductive system.

To begin with, when 17 • Acts of Meaning • people act in an offensive fashion, our first step in coping is to find out whether what they seem to have done is what they really intended to do-to get some line on whether their mental state (as revealed by saying) and their deed (as revealed . by doing) were in concordance or not. And if they say they didn't intend to do it, we exonerate them. " . Or they may try to talk us out of our distaste for their action by "giving an excuse," which is a verbal way of explicating and thereby legitimizing their behavior as exempt from blame.

Skinner attempts to explain away human freedom and dignity, there remains the reality of the law of torts, the principle of contracts freely agreed to, and the obdurate solidity of jails, courthouses, property markers, and the rest. Stich (perhaps the most radical critic of folk psychology) chides Skinner for trying to "explain" such commonsense terms as desire, intention, and belief: they should, he insists, simply be ignored and not divert us from the grander task of establishing a psychology without intentional states.

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