Intentions and Intentionality: Foundations of Social Cognition

Intentions and Intentionality: Foundations of Social Cognition

by Bertram F. Malle
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262632675

ISBN-13: 9780262632676

Pub. Date: 01/24/2003

Publisher: MIT Press

Social interaction requires social cognition -- the ability to perceive,
interpret, and explain the actions of others. This ability fundamentally relies on the concepts of intention and intentionality. For example, people distinguish sharply between intentional and unintentional behavior; identify the intentions underlying others' behavior; explain completed

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Overview

Social interaction requires social cognition -- the ability to perceive,
interpret, and explain the actions of others. This ability fundamentally relies on the concepts of intention and intentionality. For example, people distinguish sharply between intentional and unintentional behavior; identify the intentions underlying others' behavior; explain completed actions with reference to intentions,
beliefs, and desires; and evaluate the social worth of actions using the concepts of intentionality and responsibility.

Intentions and
Intentionality
highlights the roles these concepts play in social cognition. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, it offers cutting-edge work from researchers in cognitive, developmental, and social psychology and in philosophy,
primatology, and law. It includes both conceptual and empirical contributions.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262632676
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
01/24/2003
Series:
Bradford Books Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
433
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Introduction: The Significance of Intentionality1
1Acting Intentionally: Probing Folk Notions27
2The Distinction between Desire and Intention: A Folk-Conceptual Analysis45
3Some Thoughts on Ascribing Complex Intentional Concepts to Young Children69
4The Paradox of Intention: Assessing Children's Metarepresentational Understanding85
5Intentions as Emergent Products of Social Interactions105
6Developing Intentional Understandings125
7How Infants Make Sense of Intentional Action149
8"Like Me" as a Building Block for Understanding Other Minds: Bodily Acts, Attention, and Intention171
9Making Sense of Human Behavior: Action Parsing and Intentional Inference193
10Desire, Intention, and the Simulation Theory207
11On the Possibilities of Detecting Intentions Prior to Understanding Them225
12Action Explanations: Causes and Purposes251
13Folk Explanations of Intentional Action265
14The Rocky Road from Acts to Dispositions: Insights for Attribution Theory from Developmental Research on Theories of Mind287
15The Social Folk Theorist: Insights from Social and Cultural Psychology on the Contents and Contexts of Folk Theorizing307
16Responsibility for Social Transgressions: An Attributional Analysis331
17Moral Responsibility and the Interpretive Turn: Children's Changing Conceptions of Truth and Rightness345
18Intentional Agency, Responsibility, and Justice367
Bibliography381
List of Authors411
Index415

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