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Simulating MindsThe Philosophy, Psychology, and Neuroscience of Mindreading$
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Alvin I. Goldman

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195138924

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195138929.001.0001

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Philosophical and Scientific Perspectives on Mentalizing

Philosophical and Scientific Perspectives on Mentalizing

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(p.3) 1 Philosophical and Scientific Perspectives on Mentalizing
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Simulating Minds
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Alvin I. Goldman (Contributor Webpage)

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DOI:10.1093/0195138929.003.0001

A brief overview and mini-history of the subject of mindreading are presented. Philosophers were the first to worry about the folk understanding of other minds and the distinctive nature of self-knowledge. They advanced the view that “folk psychology” presupposes a naive theory of mind. Empirical evidence about young children’s poor performance on false-belief tasks and about the link between autism and “mindblindness” spurred interest among developmental psychologists and psychopathologists. The central questions for a comprehensive theory of mindreading are (1) how people mindread others, (2) how they mindread themselves, (3) how they acquire their mindreading abilities, and (4) what is the content of mental-state concepts.

Keywords:   autism, false-belief tasks, folk psychology, mental concepts, mindblindness, other minds, theory of mind

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