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Helping behavior and joint action in young children

Journal Article


Abstract


  • An important idea due to Tomasello and others is that the human capacity as the human capacity

    for social cooperation is at the heart of the species’ capacity to understand others’ mental states and

    behavior. Furthermore, they argue that this idea allows for an explanation of how humans came to share

    thoughts and language. While this is a promising idea, the special attempt to pursue this hypothesis in

    developmental studies and evolutionary theory developed by Tomasello and his research group faces

    several problems. This is especially apparent in their attempts to explain helping behavior and joint

    action in young children. In this paper, we argue that many of these problems result from assuming that

    the right explanation of joint action and simple forms of shared intentionality is given by Bratman’s

    theory of shared intentions.

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Satne, G. & Salice, A. (2015). Helping behavior and joint action in young children. Phenomenology and mind, (9), 98-106.

Number Of Pages


  • 8

Start Page


  • 98

End Page


  • 106

Issue


  • 9

Place Of Publication


  • Italy

Abstract


  • An important idea due to Tomasello and others is that the human capacity as the human capacity

    for social cooperation is at the heart of the species’ capacity to understand others’ mental states and

    behavior. Furthermore, they argue that this idea allows for an explanation of how humans came to share

    thoughts and language. While this is a promising idea, the special attempt to pursue this hypothesis in

    developmental studies and evolutionary theory developed by Tomasello and his research group faces

    several problems. This is especially apparent in their attempts to explain helping behavior and joint

    action in young children. In this paper, we argue that many of these problems result from assuming that

    the right explanation of joint action and simple forms of shared intentionality is given by Bratman’s

    theory of shared intentions.

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Satne, G. & Salice, A. (2015). Helping behavior and joint action in young children. Phenomenology and mind, (9), 98-106.

Number Of Pages


  • 8

Start Page


  • 98

End Page


  • 106

Issue


  • 9

Place Of Publication


  • Italy