Joint Ventures: Mindreading, Mirroring, and Embodied Cognition by Alvin I. GoldmanJoint Ventures: Mindreading, Mirroring, and Embodied Cognition by Alvin I. Goldman

Joint Ventures: Mindreading, Mirroring, and Embodied Cognition

byAlvin I. Goldman

Hardcover | July 23, 2013

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What distinguishes humankind from other species? A leading candidate is our facility at 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 volume collects essays by Alvin Goldman, many of which have played a major role in crystallizing this "simulation," or "empathizing," account of mindreading and showing how it is confirmed by recent findings in psychology and cognitive neuroscience. Regions of your brain resonate with thebrains of others when you observe them manifest their feelings in facial affect or see them about to undergo a painful stimulus or a mere touch on the arm. Essays in the volume explore an array of topics in the philosophy of cognitive science, ranging from embodied cognition to the metaphysics ofactions and events. "Embodied cognition" is a catch-phrase for a family of current proposals in the philosophy of cognitive science. Some of these call for a radical re-shaping of cognitive science and others for a more measured response to repeated experimental findings that the body - orrepresentations of the body - figure more prominently in cognition than previously recognized. Goldman dives into this terrain with a theory that brings coherence and unity to a large swath of scientific evidence. Other essays revisit his earlier work on action individuation but reconfigure it witha psychologizing twist. The final essay prepares the reader for a futuristic scenario: a book presents you with eerily accurate accounts of your past life, your present thoughts, and even your upcoming decisions. How should you respond to it?
Alvin I. Goldman is Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science and on the Board of Governors at Rutgers University. He is one of the most influential epistemologists of the last several decades, with seminal contributions on the causal theory of knowledge, process reliabilism, and social epistemology. He also works at several interf...
Title:Joint Ventures: Mindreading, Mirroring, and Embodied CognitionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:464 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:July 23, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I: Mindreading and Simulation1. Theory of Mind2. Mirror Neurons and the Simulation Theory of Mindreading (with Vittorio Gallese)3. Simulationist Models of Face-Based Emotion Recognition (with Chandra Sekhar Sripada)4. Mirroring, Mindreading and Simulation5. Mindreading by Simulation: The Roles of Imagination and Mirroring (with Lucy Jordan)6. The Psychology of Folk PsychologyPart II: Empathy and Embodied Cognition7. Empathy, Mind, and Morals8. Two Routes to Empathy: Insights from Cognitive Neuroscience9. Is Social Cognition Embodied? (with Frederique de Vignemont)10. A Moderate Approach to Embodied Cognitive SciencePart III. Action Theory and Metaphysics11. The Individuation of Action12. A Program for 'Naturalizing' Metaphysics, with Application to the Ontology of Events13. Actions, Predictions, and Books of Life