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 [email protected] [email protected] [email protected]
a2 Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260 [email protected]
a3 Department of Philosophy, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 84112. [email protected]

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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)