Philosophy, Film, Politics, Etc.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Ryle on Medicine and Psychology

Here's a nice quote which is relevant to some recent discussions on health and morality:

Much as 'Medicine' is the name of a somewhat arbitrary consortium of more or less loosely connected inquiries and techniques, a consortium which neither has, nor needs, a logically trim statement of programme, so 'psychology' can quite conveniently be used to denote a partly fortuitous federation of inquiries and techniques.

--Gilbert Ryle, The Concept of Mind, 1949, p. 323