Cognition As Interaction

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Contemporary Psychology


Reviews the book, Mind in Action by Jeff Coulter (1989). This book comprises a set of loosely connected essays that function largely to elaborate on central lines of argument embedded in the earlier volumes. This is not to say that an appreciation of the work depends on prior familiarity with these volumes: The present essays stand on their own, and will prove fully challenging to any reasonably sophisticated scholar concerned with the status of mental language and its implications for intellectual debate or cultural life more generally. Although intellectually delicious, the style in which these essays are written may prove offputting to the typical psychologist. The arguments are often terse and abstract, and they borrow heavily from an ethnomethodological vocabulary and sentence structure. However, the studious reader will be well rewarded.

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