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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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Self‐Attribution

Self‐Attribution

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(p.223) 9 Self‐Attribution
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Simulating Minds
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Alvin I. Goldman (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195138929.003.0009

Most cognitive scientists and many philosophers of mind resist the traditional notion that the mind has a special method of monitoring or accessing its own current mental states. We review the critiques of both philosophers (Wittgenstein, Burge, Shoemaker) and cognitive scientists (Gazzaniga, Nisbett and Wilson, Gopnik), based on confabulation or self/other parallelism, and find all to be wanting. We then examine the more congenial monitoring account of Nichols and Stich, but find it incapable of handling the problem of attitude-type identification. A nuanced special-method approach is presented that combines introspection (inner recognition) for self-attributing state-types and redeployment for self-attributing attitude contents. The question of what the input-properties are for introspection is addressed at length.

Keywords:   attitude types, confabulation, input-properties, introspection, monitoring, Nichols and Stich, redeployment, self/other parallelism, Shoemaker

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