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Objectivity and the Parochial$
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Charles Travis

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199596218

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199596218.001.0001

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(p.109) 4 Psychologism
Objectivity and the Parochial

Charles Travis (Contributor Webpage)

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Psychologism is a term of abuse. It refers to one of several errors. One is to violate correct demands on the objectivity of judgement; to allow what is so to be decided by our (or some thinkers') impressions of what is so. The other is to engage in a priori ‘science’. This chapter explores Frege's (and others') demands on objectivity, why there should be such demands, and the room this leaves for our thought to be shaped by the parochial. It also discusses some of the further hazards of mistaking philosophy for science (notably empirical psychology), or vice versa.

Keywords:   Frege, objectivity, psychologism, judgement

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