Intentions and Intentionality: Foundations of Social Cognition

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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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"...a new revolution is underway; the excellent volume edited by Malle, Moses, andBaldwin is the latest manifesto." Philip David Zelazo Contemporary Psychology
Contemporary Psychology - Philip David Zelazo
... a new revolution is underway; the excellent volume edited by Malle,Moses, and Baldwin is the latest manifesto.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262632676
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 1/24/2003
  • Series: Bradford Books Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 433
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Bertram Malle is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Institute for Cognitive and Decision Sciences at the University of Oregon. He is the editor of Intentions and Intentionality: Foundations of Social Cognition (MIT Press, 2001).

Louis J. Moses is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Oregon.

Dare A. Baldwin is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Oregon.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Significance of Intentionality 1
1 Acting Intentionally: Probing Folk Notions 27
2 The Distinction between Desire and Intention: A Folk-Conceptual Analysis 45
3 Some Thoughts on Ascribing Complex Intentional Concepts to Young Children 69
4 The Paradox of Intention: Assessing Children's Metarepresentational Understanding 85
5 Intentions as Emergent Products of Social Interactions 105
6 Developing Intentional Understandings 125
7 How Infants Make Sense of Intentional Action 149
8 "Like Me" as a Building Block for Understanding Other Minds: Bodily Acts, Attention, and Intention 171
9 Making Sense of Human Behavior: Action Parsing and Intentional Inference 193
10 Desire, Intention, and the Simulation Theory 207
11 On the Possibilities of Detecting Intentions Prior to Understanding Them 225
12 Action Explanations: Causes and Purposes 251
13 Folk Explanations of Intentional Action 265
14 The Rocky Road from Acts to Dispositions: Insights for Attribution Theory from Developmental Research on Theories of Mind 287
15 The Social Folk Theorist: Insights from Social and Cultural Psychology on the Contents and Contexts of Folk Theorizing 307
16 Responsibility for Social Transgressions: An Attributional Analysis 331
17 Moral Responsibility and the Interpretive Turn: Children's Changing Conceptions of Truth and Rightness 345
18 Intentional Agency, Responsibility, and Justice 367
Bibliography 381
List of Authors 411
Index 415
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