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Mental Simulation: Evaluations and Applications - Reading in Mind and Language

ISBN: 978-0-631-19873-4
300 pages
December 1995, Wiley-Blackwell
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Many philosophers and psychologists argue that out everyday ability to predict and explain the actions and mental states of others is grounded in out possession of a primitive 'folk' psychological theory. Recently however, this theory has come under challenge from the simulation alternative. This alternative view says that human beings are able to predict and explain each other's actions by using the resources of their own minds to simulate the psychological aetiology of the actions of the others.

This book and the companion volume Folk Psychology: The Theory of Mind Debate together offer a richly woven fabric of philosophical and psychological theory, which promises to yield real insights into the nature of our mental lives.

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List of contributors.

Acknowledgements.

Introduction: Tony Stone and Martin Davies.

Contents.

Barnden.

Author Index.

Subject Index.
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Martin Davies is Wilde Reader in Mental Philosophy in the University of Oxford and a Fellow od Chorpus Christi College. He was formerly a Lecturer and then Reader in Philosophy at Birkbeck College, London. He has published widely in the areas of philosophy of language, mind and psychology, and from 1989 to 1995 was the Executive Editor of the journal Mind and Language (Blackwell Publishers).

Tony Stone is Head of the Psychology Group and Director of the Modular Programme at King Alfred's College of Higher Education, Winchester. He has published papers on the philosophy of psychology, and is currently working on a book on the philosophical issues raised by cognitive neuropsychology.
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  • A companion volume Folk Psychology, edited by Martin Davies and Tony Stone (Blackwell Publishers, 1995) contains the foundation essays in this debate, along with an extensive introduction.
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