Rethinking Commonsense Psychology: A Critique of Folk Psychology, Theory of Mind and Simulation

Paperback | October 15, 2008

byMatthew Ratcliffe

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This book offers arguments against the view that interpersonal understanding involves a "folk" or "commonsense" psychology, a view which Ratcliffe suggests is a theoretically motivated abstraction. His alternative account draws on phenomenology, neuroscience and developmental psychology, exploring patterned interactions in shared social situations.

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This book offers arguments against the view that interpersonal understanding involves a "folk" or "commonsense" psychology, a view which Ratcliffe suggests is a theoretically motivated abstraction. His alternative account draws on phenomenology, neuroscience and developmental psychology, exploring patterned interactions in shared socia...

MATTHEW RATCLIFFE is Reader in Philosophy at Durham University, UK. He is the author of Feelings of Being: Phemenology, Psychiatry and the Sense of Reality (2008) and co-editor of Folk Psychology Re-assessed (2007).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.6 inPublished:October 15, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230221203

ISBN - 13:9780230221208

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Table of Contents

Commonsense Psychology, Theory of Mind and Simulation
Where is the Commonsense in Commonsense Psychology?
The World We Live in
Letting the World do the Work
Perceiving Actions
The Second Person
Beliefs and Desires
The Personal Stance

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""Rethinking Commonsense Psychology" offers the to-date most detailed and sophisticated critique of the wide-spread philosophical dogma according to which humans understand each other by means of 'folk psychology'. Drawing on a number of philosophical traditions as well as recent results in psychology and neuroscience, Ratcliffe not only refutes the dogma, but replaces it with a novel view. "Rethinking Commonsense Psychology" will be required reading for philosophers of psychology, developmental psychologists and cognitive scientists alike."--Martin Kusch, University of Cambridge