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Mindreading: An Integrated Account of Pretence, Self-Awareness, and Understanding Other Minds

Shaun Nichols and Stephen P. Stich


This volume defends an integrated account of the psychological mechanisms underlying “mindreading,” the commonplace capacity to understand the mind. The authors maintain that it is, as commonsense would suggest, vital to distinguish between reading others’ minds and reading one’s own. In reading other minds, the imagination plays a central role. As a result, the authors begin with an explicit and systematic account of pretense and imagination which proposes that pretense representations are contained in a separate mental workspace, the “Possible World Box,” which is part of the basic architect ... More

Keywords: folk psychology, imagination, pretense, self-awareness, simulation theory, theory theory, eliminativism, belief, desire, autism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780198236108
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2004 DOI:10.1093/0198236107.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shaun Nichols, author
College of Charleston, South Carolina

Stephen P. Stich, author
Rutgers University, New Jersey
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