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The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of the Social Mind

Edited by: Julian Kiverstein

Print publication date:  December  2016
Online publication date:  November  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138827691
eBook ISBN: 9781315530178
Adobe ISBN: 9781315530161

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The idea that humans are by nature social and political animals can be traced back to Aristotle. More recently, it has also generated great interest and controversy in related disciplines such as anthropology, biology, psychology, neuroscience and even economics. What is it about humans that enabled them to construct a social reality of unrivalled complexity? Is there something distinctive about the human mind that explains how social lives are organised around conventions, norms, and institutions?

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of the Social Mind is an outstanding reference source to the key topics and debates in this exciting subject and is the first collection of its kind. An international team of contributors present perspectives from diverse areas of research in philosophy, drawing on comparative and developmental psychology, evolutionary anthropology, cognitive neuroscience, and behavioural economics. The thirty-two original chapters are divided into five parts:

  • The evolution of the social mind: including the social intelligence hypothesis, co- evolution of culture and cognition, ethnic cognition, and cooperation;
  • Developmental and comparative perspectives: including primate and infant understanding of mind, shared intentionality, and moral cognition;
  • Mechanisms of the moral mind: including norm compliance, social emotion, and implicit attitudes;
  • Naturalistic approaches to shared and collective intentionality: including joint action, team reasoning and group thinking, and social kinds;
  • Social forms of selfhood and mindedness: including moral identity, empathy and shared emotion, normativity and intentionality.

Essential reading for students and researchers in philosophy of mind and psychology, The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of the Social Mind is also suitable for those in related disciplines such as social psychology, cognitive neuroscience, economics and sociology.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  The (R)evolution of Primate Cognition Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Pedagogy and Social Learning in Human Development Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Cultural Evolution and the Mind Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Embodying Culture Download PDF
Chapter  6:  The Evolution of Tribalism Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Personhood and Humanhood Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Pluralistic Folk Psychology in Humans and Other Apes Download PDF
Chapter  9:  The Development of Individual and Shared Intentionality  Download PDF
Chapter  10:  False-Belief Understanding in the First Years of Life Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Cross-Cultural Considerations in Social Cognition Download PDF
Chapter  12:  The Social Formation of Human Minds Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Pluralism, Interaction, and the Ontogeny of Social Cognition Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Sharing and Fairness in Development Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Doing the Right Thing for the Wrong Reason Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Is Non-Consequentialism a Feature or a Bug? Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Emotional Processing in Individual and Social Recalibration Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Implicit Attitudes, Social Learning, and Moral Credibility  Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Social Motivation in Computational Neuroscience Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Joint Distal Intentions Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Joint Action Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Commitment in Joint Action Download PDF
Chapter  23:  The First-Person Plural Perspective Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Team Reasoning Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Virtual Bargaining Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Social Roles and Reification  Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Diachronic Identity and the Moral Self Download PDF
Chapter  28:  The Embedded and Extended Character Hypotheses Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Mindshaping and Self-Interpretation Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Vicarious Experiences Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Phenomenology of the we Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Social Approaches to Intentionality Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Normativity Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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