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Folk psychology as narrative practice

Journal Article


Abstract


  • There has been a long-standing interest in the putative roles

    that various so-called ‘theory of mind’abilities might play in enabling

    us to understand and enjoy narratives. Of late, as our understanding

    of the complexity and diversity of everyday psychological capacities

    has become more nuanced and variegated, new possibilities have

    been articulated: (i) that our capacity for a sophisticated, everyday

    understanding of actions in terms of reason (our folk psychology) may

    itself be best characterized as a kind of narrative practice and (ii) that

    acquiring the capacity for supplying and digesting reasons explanations

    might (at least normally) depend upon having a special training

    with narratives. This introductory paper to the volume situates the

    claims of those who support the narrative approach to folk psychology

    against the backdrop of some traditional and new thinking about

    intersubjectivity, social cognition and ‘theory of mind’ abilities. Special

    emphasis is laid on the different reasons for being interested in

    these claims about narrative practice and folk psychology in light of

    various empirical and philosophical agendas.

Publication Date


  • 2009

Citation


  • Hutto, D. (2009). Folk psychology as narrative practice. Journal of Consciousness Studies: controversies in science and the humanities, 16 (6-8), 9-39.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-70349214751

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/702

Number Of Pages


  • 30

Start Page


  • 9

End Page


  • 39

Volume


  • 16

Issue


  • 6-8

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.imprint.co.uk/pdf/Hutto_editorial.pdf

Abstract


  • There has been a long-standing interest in the putative roles

    that various so-called ‘theory of mind’abilities might play in enabling

    us to understand and enjoy narratives. Of late, as our understanding

    of the complexity and diversity of everyday psychological capacities

    has become more nuanced and variegated, new possibilities have

    been articulated: (i) that our capacity for a sophisticated, everyday

    understanding of actions in terms of reason (our folk psychology) may

    itself be best characterized as a kind of narrative practice and (ii) that

    acquiring the capacity for supplying and digesting reasons explanations

    might (at least normally) depend upon having a special training

    with narratives. This introductory paper to the volume situates the

    claims of those who support the narrative approach to folk psychology

    against the backdrop of some traditional and new thinking about

    intersubjectivity, social cognition and ‘theory of mind’ abilities. Special

    emphasis is laid on the different reasons for being interested in

    these claims about narrative practice and folk psychology in light of

    various empirical and philosophical agendas.

Publication Date


  • 2009

Citation


  • Hutto, D. (2009). Folk psychology as narrative practice. Journal of Consciousness Studies: controversies in science and the humanities, 16 (6-8), 9-39.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-70349214751

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/702

Number Of Pages


  • 30

Start Page


  • 9

End Page


  • 39

Volume


  • 16

Issue


  • 6-8

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.imprint.co.uk/pdf/Hutto_editorial.pdf