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Joint Ventures: Mindreading, Mirroring, and Embodied Cognition

Alvin I. Goldman


What distinguishes humankind from other species? A leading candidate is our capability for mutual understanding (“theory of mind”), our ability to ascribe thoughts, desires, and feelings to one another. How do we do this? Folk-wisdom says, “By empathy—we put ourselves in other people's shoes”. In the last few decades this idea has moved from folk-wisdom to philosophical conjecture to serious scientific theory. This book contains work which has played a major role in crystallizing this “simulation,” or “empathizing,” account of mindreading and showing how it is confirmed by recent findings in p ... More

Keywords: mutual understanding, theory of mind, philosophy of cognitive science, embodied cognition, metaphysics, action individuation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199874187
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199874187.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alvin I. Goldman, author
Professor of Philosophy & Cognitive Science, Rutgers University