Human Action and its
Psychological Investigation

Alan Gauld and John Shotter


First published in 1977 by Routledge & Kegan Paul Ltd, London

ISBN 0-7100-8568-0


Contents

Preface vii Part I 1 Approaches to the Study of Man 3 2 The Generalized Machine 15 3 Concepts, Rules and the Generalized Machine 23 4 Actions, Intentions and the Generalized Machine 39 5 Two Alternative Approaches within the Established Framework 62 6 The Shape of an Hermeneutical Psychology 76 Part II 7 Intensionality 103 8 Discursive Thought 117 9 Wants, Intentions and Beliefs 139 10 Knowledge of Intention and of Action 154 11 Selfhood and Agency 169 12 Experimental Social Psychology in an Hermeneutical Perspective 180 13 Empirical Investigations within an Hermeneutical Psychology 199 Notes 216 Bibliography 222 Name Index 231 Subject Index 235