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A two-step theory of the evolution of human thinking Joint and (various) collective forms of intentionality

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Abstract


  • Social accounts of objective content, like the one advanced by

    Tomasello(2014), are traditionally challenged by an ‘essential tension’ (Hutto

    and Satne 2015). The tension is the following: while sociality is deemed to be at

    the basis of thinking, in order to explain sociality, some form of thinking seems

    to be necessarily presupposed. In this contribution I analyse Tomasello’s twostep

    theory of the evolution of human thinking vis-à-vis this challenge. While

    his theory is in principle suited to address it, I claim that the specifics of the first

    step and the notion of perspective that infuse it are problematic in this regard. I

    end by briefly sketching an alternative.

Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • Satne, G. L. (2016). A two-step theory of the evolution of human thinking Joint and (various) collective forms of intentionality. Journal of Social Ontology, 2 (1), 105-116.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85049621743

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3492&context=lhapapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/2484

Number Of Pages


  • 11

Start Page


  • 105

End Page


  • 116

Volume


  • 2

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • Germany

Abstract


  • Social accounts of objective content, like the one advanced by

    Tomasello(2014), are traditionally challenged by an ‘essential tension’ (Hutto

    and Satne 2015). The tension is the following: while sociality is deemed to be at

    the basis of thinking, in order to explain sociality, some form of thinking seems

    to be necessarily presupposed. In this contribution I analyse Tomasello’s twostep

    theory of the evolution of human thinking vis-à-vis this challenge. While

    his theory is in principle suited to address it, I claim that the specifics of the first

    step and the notion of perspective that infuse it are problematic in this regard. I

    end by briefly sketching an alternative.

Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • Satne, G. L. (2016). A two-step theory of the evolution of human thinking Joint and (various) collective forms of intentionality. Journal of Social Ontology, 2 (1), 105-116.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85049621743

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3492&context=lhapapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/2484

Number Of Pages


  • 11

Start Page


  • 105

End Page


  • 116

Volume


  • 2

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • Germany