Mindreading has captured the attention of a wide variety of researchers for a wide variety of reasons. This chapter canvasses the many and varied reasons for the interest in mindreading, with particular focus on the philosophical motivations for determining the character of our mindreading capacities. The chapter also describes the approach to analyzing cognitive capacities that is adopted throughout the book, the familiar ‘computational’ level of analysis. Finally, two crucial background assumptions are set out: the representational account of cognition and an account of the basic cognitive architecture of the human mind.
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