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Nov 9
15:00 - 17:00
Mindreading for Babies and Beyond
Royal Institute of Philosophy Public Lecture
Dr Jane Suilin Lavelle (University of Edinburgh)

Abstract: How do we attribute psychological states to other people? It is clear that we often do attribute such states to others in order to understand, and sometimes to predict their behaviour. This talk is about the types of psychological states we attribute to others, and the mechanisms that facilitate this ability. I will introduce a developmental puzzle, and Apperly and Butterfill's (2009, 2013) 'two systems' response to it. Their account maintains that we have one cognitive system that allows us to attribute sparse psychological states to others, and another which allows us to attribute more complex states to them. I will suggest an alternative to their view where language development plays a more prominent role. I also suggest that the current literature has overlooked data from non-Western cultures, and that building a strong philosophical account of mindreading must take these data into consideration.


Lecture Theatre 2,
Keynes College,
University of Kent,
United Kingdom


Open to all,

Contact: Dr Camilla Kong


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