Rational and Intuitive Frames of Reference
I want to talk about evidence; especially about the kind of psychological evidence that relates the emotional organisation of the individual to those aspects of intellectual performance that we refer to by means of phrases like ‘disposition’, ‘frame of mind’ or ‘frame of reference’. And while I shall use two pieces of American evidence to stake out this territory in a general way, I shall then go on to concentrate on four pieces of work carried out in the Research Unit on Intellectual Development, and in which I have had a more direct hand. In describing these, I will of course be trying to persuade you that ‘frames of mind’ or ‘frames of reference’ are aspects of intellectual functioning that can be explored in an orderly way. But I also have a more surreptitious motive, because I want to say something, too, about the nature of psychological inquiry; about the kind of evidence that this throws up; and about the sorts of interpretative challenge that this evidence forces upon us. At this surreptitious level, my thesis will be that the interpretative task of the psychologist has two facets, one of which we are alert to and the other of which we have neglected.
KeywordsViolent Response Freudian Theory Interpretative Challenge Intellectual Disposition Evidence Force
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