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Starting without theory: confronting the paradox of conceptual development

Chapter


Abstract


  • For over two decades the dominant theory, in both philosophical and

    psychological circles, about how we humans (and disputably apes) get

    by in our everyday affairs has been that we ascribe thoughts, desires, and

    intentions to others, drawing on a "theory" or "set of principles" about

    such mental states. When successful, such ascriptions are putatively the

    means by which we causally explain what lies behind outward behavior

    and action. This hypothesis has become known as the theory-theory: it

    is called such because the idea that commonsense psychology has a theoretical

    (or principled) basis is just one theory about its nature-albeit the

    dominant one.

Publication Date


  • 2005

Citation


  • Hutto, D. D. (2005). Starting without theory: confronting the paradox of conceptual development. In B. F. Malle & S. D. Hodges (Eds.), Other Minds: How Humans Bridge the Divide Between Self and Others (pp. 56-72). New York, United States: The Guilford Press.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/786

Book Title


  • Other Minds: How Humans Bridge the Divide Between Self and Others

Start Page


  • 56

End Page


  • 72

Abstract


  • For over two decades the dominant theory, in both philosophical and

    psychological circles, about how we humans (and disputably apes) get

    by in our everyday affairs has been that we ascribe thoughts, desires, and

    intentions to others, drawing on a "theory" or "set of principles" about

    such mental states. When successful, such ascriptions are putatively the

    means by which we causally explain what lies behind outward behavior

    and action. This hypothesis has become known as the theory-theory: it

    is called such because the idea that commonsense psychology has a theoretical

    (or principled) basis is just one theory about its nature-albeit the

    dominant one.

Publication Date


  • 2005

Citation


  • Hutto, D. D. (2005). Starting without theory: confronting the paradox of conceptual development. In B. F. Malle & S. D. Hodges (Eds.), Other Minds: How Humans Bridge the Divide Between Self and Others (pp. 56-72). New York, United States: The Guilford Press.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/786

Book Title


  • Other Minds: How Humans Bridge the Divide Between Self and Others

Start Page


  • 56

End Page


  • 72