Simulating Minds: The Philosophy, Psychology, and Neuroscience of Mindreading / Edition 1

Simulating Minds: The Philosophy, Psychology, and Neuroscience of Mindreading / Edition 1

by Alvin I. Goldman
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195369831

ISBN-13: 2900195369839

Pub. Date: 05/02/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

People are minded creatures; we have thoughts, feelings and emotions. More intriguingly, we grasp our own mental states, and conduct the business of ascribing them to ourselves and others without instruction in formal psychology. How do we do this? And what are the dimensions of our grasp of the mental realm? In this book, Alvin I. Goldman explores these questions

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People are minded creatures; we have thoughts, feelings and emotions. More intriguingly, we grasp our own mental states, and conduct the business of ascribing them to ourselves and others without instruction in formal psychology. How do we do this? And what are the dimensions of our grasp of the mental realm? In this book, Alvin I. Goldman explores these questions with the tools of philosophy, developmental psychology, social psychology and cognitive neuroscience. He refines an approach called simulation theory, which starts from the familiar idea that we understand others by putting ourselves in their mental shoes. Can this intuitive idea be rendered precise in a philosophically respectable manner, without allowing simulation to collapse into theorizing? Given a suitable definition, do empirical results support the notion that minds literally create (or attempt to create) surrogates of other peoples mental states in the process of mindreading? Goldman amasses a surprising array of evidence from psychology and neuroscience that supports this hypothesis.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900195369839
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/02/2008
Series:
Philosophy of Mind Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384

Table of Contents

PART I:INTERNALISM, THE A PRIORI, AND EPISTEMIC VIRTUE
1. Internalism Exposed
2. A Priori Warrant and Naturalistic Epistemology
3. The Unity of the Epistemic Virtues
PART II: INTUITION, INTROSPECTION, AND CONSCIOUSNESS
4. Philosophical Theory and Intuitional Evidence (with Joel Pust)
5. Science, Publicity, and Consciousness
6. Can Science Know When You're Conscious?
PART III: SOCIAL EPISTEMOLOGY
7. Experts: Which Ones Should you Trust?
8. Social Routes to Belief and Knowledge
9. What is Social Epistemology? A Smorgasbord of Projects

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