Dr. Peter G. Ossorio / Published 2012 / Hardcover
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: Ossorio, P.G. (1982/1998/2012). Place
. Ann Arbor, MI: Descriptive Psychology Press. (Original work published 1982 as LRI Report No. 30a. Boulder, CO: Linguistic Research Institute.)
In Descriptive Psychology our basic understanding of persons, i.e. our understanding of persons as such, is approached as being grounded in competence, not knowledge. What makes an individual a person is, paradigmatically, to have mastered the concept of a Person. ... One way to codify our competence with respect to persons, behavior, world and language and thereby give it at least a minimal cognitive status is to assemble a characteristic set of the kind of warnings and reminders that one person might well give to another, particularly when some important failure or possible failure with respect to the Person concept is at stake. ... The collection of maxims presented [in Place] is just such a characteristic set.
-- from the author's Introduction --