Behavioral and Brain Sciences



Open Peer Commentary

The role of psychology in the study of culture


Daniel Kelly a1 , Edouard Machery a2 , Ron Mallon a3 , Kelby Mason a1 and Stephen P. Stich a1
a1 Department of Philosophy, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-2882 dankelly@rci.rutgers.edu mason@philosophy.rutgers.edu stich@ruccs.rutgers.edu http://www.rci.rutgers.edu/~stich/
a2 Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260 machery@pitt.edu http://www.pitt.edu/~machery/
a3 Department of Philosophy, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 84112. rmallon@philosophy.utah.edu http://www.philosophy.utah.edu/faculty/mallon/index.html/

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kelly d   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
machery e   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
mallon r   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
mason k   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
stich sp   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 

Abstract

Although we are enthusiastic about a Darwinian approach to culture, we argue that the overview presented in the target article does not sufficiently emphasize the crucial explanatory role that psychology plays in the study of culture. We use a number of examples to illustrate the variety of ways by which appeal to psychological factors can help explain cultural phenomena.

(Published Online November 9 2006)