Author: Peter Timmerman
Graduation Year: 2008 (Research master)
Department: Theoretical Philosophy
Embodied Social Cognition
How do we understand each other? In philosophy and developmental psychology there are at present two dominant answers. One holds that we understand each other by theorizing (theory theory), the other that we do so by simulating the other’s mind (simulation theory). Embodied cognition, I argue in this thesis, provides a promising alternative. Embodied cognition sees cognition first and foremost as an ability that has evolved in order to enable an organism to cope better with its environment, not as a capacity to solve abstract problems. Similarly, it suggests that social cognition is first and foremost an ability to interact with others, rather than to reason about others.
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