Rethinking Commonsense Psychology

A Critique of Folk Psychology, Theory of Mind and Simulation

  • Authors
  • Matthew┬áRatcliffe

Part of the New Directions in Philosophy and Cognitive Science book series (NDPCS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Matthew Ratcliffe
    Pages 58-84
  3. Matthew Ratcliffe
    Pages 85-120
  4. Matthew Ratcliffe
    Pages 121-151
  5. Matthew Ratcliffe
    Pages 152-185
  6. Matthew Ratcliffe
    Pages 186-221
  7. Matthew Ratcliffe
    Pages 222-244
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 245-271

About this book


This book offers arguments against the view that interpersonal understanding involves a 'folk' or 'commonsense' psychology, a view which Ratcliffe suggests is a theoretically motivated abstraction. His alternative account draws on phenomenology, neuroscience and developmental psychology, exploring patterned interactions in shared social situations.


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