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Mitchell S. Green


This book offers a general theory of expressive behavior, including but not limited to such behavior as it occurs in our own species. At the core of the project is the thesis that self-expression is a matter of showing a cognitive, affective, or qualitative state in such a way that the showing is a product of design. Design may be the result of conscious intention, natural selection, artificial selection, or convention. Showing comes in three forms: showing that something is so, showing something in such a way as to make it perceptible, and showing how an object appears or how an experience or ... More

Keywords: speaker meaning, speech acts, theory of mind, implicature, facial expression, empathy, qualia, artistic expression, musical expression, evolutionary game theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199283781
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199283781.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mitchell S. Green, author
University of Virginia
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