Rethinking integration of epistemic strategies in social understanding

  • In recent years, theories of social understanding have moved away from arguing that just one epistemic strategy, such as theory-based inference or simulation constitutes our ability of social understanding. Empirical observations speak against any monistic view and have given rise to pluralistic accounts arguing that humans rely on a large variety of epistemic strategies in social understanding. We agree with this promising pluralist approach, but highlight two open questions: what is the residual role of mindreading, i.e. the indirect attribution of mental states to others within this framework, and how do different strategies of social understanding relate to each other? In a first step, we aim to clarify the arguments that might be considered in evaluating the role that epistemic strategies play in a pluralistic framework. On this basis, we argue that mindreading constitutes a core epiststrategy in human social life that opens new central spheres of social understanding. In a second step, we provide an account of the relation between different epistemic strategies which integrates and demarks the important role of mindreading for social understanding.

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Author:Julia WolfORCiDGND, Sabrina ConinxORCiDGND, Albert NewenORCiDGND
Parent Title (English):Erkenntnis
Subtitle (English):examining the central role of mindreading in pluralist accounts
Publisher:Springer Science + Business Media B.V.
Place of publication:Dordrecht
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2024/02/09
Date of first Publication:2021/11/10
Publishing Institution:Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universitätsbibliothek
First Page:2967
Last Page:2995
Dieser Beitrag ist auf Grund des DEAL-Springer-Vertrages frei zugänglich.
Institutes/Facilities:Institut für Philosophie II
Dewey Decimal Classification:Philosophie und Psychologie / Philosophie
open_access (DINI-Set):open_access
faculties:Fakultät für Philosophie und Erziehungswissenschaft
Licence (English):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY 4.0 - Attribution 4.0 International