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Mediation theory and the problem of psychological discourse on 'inner' events: part II

Mediation theory and the problem of psychological discourse on 'inner' events: part II


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SEEBASS, Gottfried, 1982. Mediation theory and the problem of psychological discourse on 'inner' events: part II. In: Ratio. 24(1), pp. 29-43

@article{Seeba1982Media-3533, title={Mediation theory and the problem of psychological discourse on 'inner' events: part II}, year={1982}, number={1}, volume={24}, journal={Ratio}, pages={29--43}, author={Seebaß, Gottfried} }

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