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Logical Positivism and the ‘Construct of Intelligence’

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The fundamental theory of intelligence which Binet and Spearman both shared was a faculty theory in which functionally identified mental entities were the effective mechanisms of cognition. Such a theory, however, could scarcely be maintained overtly in an intellectual climate dominated by associationism, even by Spearman, and how the psychometric research programme and the mental testing industry managed to construct and win general acceptance for a plausible theoretical framework within which to locate an unacceptable faculty psychology is well worth studying.

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  • Construct Validity
  • Positivist Theory
  • Logical Positivist
  • Theoretical Entity
  • Mental Entity

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Nash, R. (1990). Logical Positivism and the ‘Construct of Intelligence’. In: Intelligence and Realism. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-349-21143-2_5

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