Hierarchically Minded: Levels of Intentionality and Mind Reading

Homenaje A Francisco Gutiérrez Díez, Rafael Monroy, ed., Murcia, 2013

12 Pages Posted: 15 Apr 2013

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

In "The Human Story: A New History of Mankind's Evolution" (2004) the evolutionary psychologist Robin Dunbar speculates on the development of some mental abilities exclusive to humans as they evolved from pre-human species. His account somewhat limits the role of language, and the main emphasis falls on another phenomenon associated to humanization: the development of so-called Theory of Mind, a term current in contemporary evolutionary psychology which covers some of the ground of what is called intersubjectivity in phenomenological philosophical traditions. In this paper I will argue that the theory of Theory of Mind needs further refining, and further dialogue with relevant disciplines of the humanities, in order to take into account the complex semiotics of human experience and communication.

Keywords: Evolutionary psychology, Cognition, Theory of mind, Intersubjectivity, Symbolism, Phenomenology, Intentionality

Suggested Citation

Garcia Landa, Jose Angel, Hierarchically Minded: Levels of Intentionality and Mind Reading (2013). Homenaje A Francisco Gutiérrez Díez, Rafael Monroy, ed., Murcia, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2250379

Jose Angel Garcia Landa (Contact Author)

Universidad de Zaragoza ( email )

Gran Via 2
Zaragoza, 50005
Spain

HOME PAGE: http://www.garcialanda.net

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