Mental Simulation: Evaluations and Applications

Mental Simulation: Evaluations and Applications

by Martin Davies, Tony Stone


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780631198727
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 12/12/1995
Series: Readings in Mind and Language Series
Pages: 286
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x (d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

List of contributors.


Introduction: Tony Stone and Martin Davies.

1. Simulation and Psychological Concepts: Gary Fuller.

2. How to Think about Thinking: Jane Heal.

3. Simulation Without Introspection of Interference from Me to You: Robert M. Gordon.

4. Theories of the Mind in Collision: Plausibility and Authority: Norman H. Freeman.

5. Second Thoughts on Simulation: Stephen Stich and Shaun Nichols.

6. A Theory of the Child's Theory of Mind: Jerry A. Foder.

7. Knowledge and Ability in"Theory of Mind": One-eyed Overview of a Debate: Alan M. Leslie and Tim P. German.

8. Imagination and Simulation: Aesthetics Meets Cognitive Science: Gregory Currie.

9. Imagining and Pretending: Paul L. Harris.

10. Empathy, Mind, and Morals: Alvin I. Goldman.

11. Self-knowledge, Error and Disorder: Derek Bolton.

12. Game Theory and Knowledge by Simulation: Adam Morton.

13. Simulative Reasoning, Common-sense Psychology, and Artificial Intelligence: John A. Barnden.

Author Index.

Subject Index.

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