Many philosophers and psychologists argue that normal adult human beings possess a primitive or 'folk' psychological theory. Recently, however, this theory has come under challenge from the simulation alternative . This alternative view says that human bings are able to predict and explain each others' actions by using the resources of their own minds to simuate the psychological etiology of the actions of others. The thirteen essays in this volume present the foundations of theory of mind debate, and are accompanied by an extensive introduction.
About the Author
Martin Davies is Wilde Reader in Mnetal Philosophy in theUniversity of Oxford and a Fellow of Corpus Christi College. He wasformerly a Lecturer and then Reader in Philosophy at BirkbeckCollege, London. He has published widely in the areas of philosophyof language, mind and psychology, and from 1989 to 1995 wasExecutive Editor of the Journal Mind and Langusge (BlackwellPublishers).
Tony Stone is Head of the Psychology Group and Directorof the Modular Programme at King Alfred's College of HigherEducation, Winchester. He has published papers on the philosophy ofpsychology, and is currently working on a book on the philosophicalissues raised by cognitive neuropsychology.
Table of Contents
List of Contributors.
Introduction: Martin Davies and Tony Stone.
1. Replication and Functionalism: Jane Heal.
2. Folk Psychology as Simulation: Robert M. Gordon.
3. Interpretation Psychologized: Alvin I. Goldman.
4. The Simulation Theory: Objectives and Misconceptions: RobertM. Gordon.
5. Folk Psychology: Simulation or Tacit Theory?: Stephen Stichand Shaun Nichols.
6. 'He thinks He Knows': And more Development Evidence Againstthe Simulation Role Taking Theory: Josef Perner and DeborahHowes.
7. Reply to Stich and Nichols: Robert M. Gordon.
8. Reply to Perner and Howes: Robert M. Gordon.
9. In Defense of Simulation Theory: Alvin I. Goldman.
10. From Simulation to Folk Pyschology: The Case forDevelopment: Paul L.Harris.
11. Why the Child's Theory of Mind Really is a Theory: AlisonGopnik and Henry M. Wellman.
12. Reading the Eyes: Evidence for the Role of Perception in theDevelopment of a Theory of Mind: Simon Baron-Cohen and PippaCross.
13. Theory, Observation, and Drama: Simon Blackburn.
Index of Names.
Index of Subjects.