ISBN-10:
0262024195
ISBN-13:
9780262024198
Pub. Date:
04/10/1997
Publisher:
MIT Press
Interpreting Minds / Edition 1

Interpreting Minds / Edition 1

by Radu J. Bogdan

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Interpreting Minds / Edition 1

Unlike most current researchers in philosophy and psychology, who view interpretation as a way to understand the minds and behavior of others, Radu J. Bogdan sets out to establish a new evolutionary and practical view of interpretation. According to Bogdan, the ability to interpret others' mental states has evolved under communal, political, and epistemic pressures to enable us to cope with the impact of other organisms on our own goals in the competition to survive. Interpretation evolved among primates by natural and then cultural selection. As an adaptation, it is a competence in the form of a battery of practical skills that serve the interpreter's interests in social interactions. Evolutionary theory does not just deepen our understanding of interpretation; without it, we cannot understand what interpretation is and how it does its job. Interpreting Minds raises many thought-provoking issues for philosophers of mind and culture; evolutionary, developmental, and social psychologists; ethologists; cognitive and cultural anthropologists; evolutionary biologists; and others interested in cognitive development.

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ISBN-13: 9780262024198
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 04/10/1997
Series: Bradford Books Series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 318
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Radu J. Bogdan is Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science and Director of the Cognitive Studies Program at Tulane University and Regular Guest Professor and Director of the OPEN MIND master program in cognitive science, University of Bucharest, Romania. He is the author of Our Own Minds: Sociocultural Grounds for Self-Consciousness (MIT Press, 2010) and other books.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Chapter 1 The Project
1(12)
1 Background
1(4)
2 The Argument
5(5)
3 Words
10(3)
PART I The Case for Evolution 13(54)
Chapter 2 A Selected Competence
15(26)
1 Facts
16(2)
2 Selection, Generally
18(8)
3 Interpretation as Adaptation
26(3)
4 Reasons for Interpretation
29(7)
5 A Competence Apart
36(5)
Chapter 3 Why Evolution Matters
41(26)
1 Interpretation Is Different
42(7)
2 Beyond Classicism
49(4)
3 Nature versus Lab
53(8)
4 Pacifying Prejudices
61(6)
PART II Instinctive Practice 67(106)
Chapter 4 Situated Interpretation
69(34)
1 Looking for Clues
69(2)
2 The Empirical Record
71(2)
3 The Teleological Turn
73(11)
4 The Psychobehavioral Turn
84(10)
5 The Psychosocial Turn
94(9)
Chapter 5 Practical Design
103(46)
1 Experiment, Not Theory
104(4)
2 Selected for Involvement
108(2)
3 Goal Setting for Interpretation
110(4)
4 Situated Cognition
114(8)
5 Tightly Instructed Interpretation
122(10)
6 Situated Parsers
132(10)
7 Code and Access
142(7)
Chapter 6 The Big Little Step
149(24)
1 Awakening to Representation
149(6)
2 New Attitudes
155(12)
3 Beyond Metarepresentation
167(6)
PART III Reflective Practice 173(92)
Chapter 7 Time for Thought and Culture
175(26)
1 The Mental Revolution
176(5)
2 Cultural Coercion
181(7)
3 Narrative Redesign
188(6)
4 Dimensions with Reasons
194(7)
Chapter 8 Reconstruction
201(50)
1 The Hypothesis
202(2)
2 Rules of Engagement
204(5)
3 Practical Attributions
209(10)
4 The Manufacture of Content
219(8)
5 The Culture of Explanation
227(16)
6 If I Were You: Simulation
243(8)
Chapter 9 Adding Up
251(14)
1 Patterns
251(4)
2 Minding Success?
255(3)
3 Philosophical Tally
258(5)
4 Looking Ahead
263(2)
Notes 265(18)
References 283(18)
Index 301

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"A distinctive analysis of the most fundamental questions about how we interpret the actions of others…Bogdan's analysis should provoke thoughtful consideration and discussion across philosophy, cognitive science, and ethology, in which the nature of mind-reading is treated with a much-needed new depth and breadth." Andrew Whiten Nature

The MIT Press

"A profoundly original and controversial piece of work in cognitive science — a title not to be missed by the numerous interdisciplinary students of this mental capacity of such uncertain name." Juan-Carlos Gómez Trends in Cognitive Sciences

The MIT Press

"A provocative contribution... an important new practical perspective to interpretation." Colin G. Beer Contemporary Psychology

The MIT Press

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