A Universal Philosophy of Confidence-Informed Social Motivation
Humans are natural philosophizers who are constantly forming interpretations and expectations based upon their perceptions and prior experiences, including their familiarity with particular people and activities, and the social contexts within which these are situated. As human individuals, we all have an innate sense of philosophy in common. As individuals, the majority of us may be described as natural philosophers in that we are naturally philosophical about our lifeworld experiences and our need to interpret these as a basis for informing our understanding. This book introduces a novel theory which encompasses the Philosophy of Confidence-Informed Social Motivation (PCISM) and Philopsychlical Hermeneutics. The theory asserts that human individuals and groups function at optimum philosophical and psychological levels when their confidence, motivation, familiarity and expectation levels are at their peak. Confidence and motivation influence each other and work together as a dynamic combination of philosophical interpretations and psychological reactions which result in reciprocal interpretive feedback. Within the term philopsychlical, confidence, motivation, familiarity and expectation are presented as universal informants and influences upon human behaviour within all social contexts. PCISM is in the early stages of its evolution: however, the key tenets are discussed and presented here in such a way that they may be applied across all domains of human knowledge, behaviour and endeavour as a means of enhancing our further understanding of the universal economics of human behaviour.
Dr Roger Wood is a Senior Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University, having previously worked at the University of Aberdeen and Bishop Grosseteste University (all of which are in the UK). Prior to his university teaching and research career, he was a headteacher and teacher for 23 years. His philosophy-informed research focuses upon interpreting and understanding outcomes of human philosophizing and confidence-informed social motivation. He is a Member of the British Philosophical Association, the Institute of Philosophy, and the Cambridge University Moral Sciences Club. Dr Wood is a scientist and Chartered Biologist by background; his work in science and conservation education has led to his election to a number of Fellowships including the Royal Society of Biology, the Royal Scottish Society of Arts, and the Linnean Society.
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