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Rethinking cognition: on Coulter on discourse and mind

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posted on 30.06.2014 by Jonathan Potter, Derek Edwards
This paper responds to, and comments on, Coulter’s (1999) critique of discursive psychology with particular reference to how cognition is conceptualised theoretically and analytically. It first identifies a number of basic misreadings of discursive psychological writings, which distort and, at times, reverse its position on the status of cognition. Second, it reviews the main ways in which cognition, mental states, and thoughts have been analytically conceptualised in discursive psychology (respecification of topics from mainstream psychology, studies of the psychological thesaurus in action, and studies of the way psychological issues are managed). Third, it considers two of Coulter’s substantive issues: the role of correct usage and the role of conceptual vs. empirical analysis. A series of problems are identified with Coulter’s development of both of these issues.

History

School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies

Published in

HUMAN STUDIES

Volume

26

Issue

2

Pages

165 - 181 (17)

Citation

POTTER, J. and EDWARDS, D., 2003. Rethinking cognition: on Coulter on discourse and mind. Human Studies, 26 (2), pp.165-181.

Publisher

© Kluwer Academic Publishers (now Springer)

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publication date

2003

Notes

The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1023/A:1024008104438

ISSN

0163-8548

eISSN

1572-851X

Language

en

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