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Folk Psychological Narratives
Author: Daniel D. Hutto

ISBN: 9780262517980
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 9 August 2012
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.1 x 2.9
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Established wisdom in cognitive science holds that the everyday folk psychological abilities of humans--our capacity to understand intentional actions performed for reasons--are inherited from our evolutionary forebears. In Folk Psychological Narratives, Daniel Hutto challenges this view (held in somewhat different forms by the two dominant approaches, "theory theory" and simulation theory) and argues for the sociocultural basis of this familiar ability. He makes a detailed case for the idea that the way we make sense of intentional actions essentially involves the construction of narratives about particular persons. Moreover he argues that children acquire this practical skill only by being exposed to and engaging in a distinctive kind of narrative practice. Hutto calls this developmental proposal the narrative practice hypothesis (NPH). Its core claim is that direct encounters with stories about persons who act for reasons (that is, folk psychologi...

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