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Social Cognition in Humans and Other Great Apes

(Original title: Sociální rozumění u lidí a ostatních hominidů)
Filozofia, 69 (2014), 7, 591-603.
Type of work: Papers
Publication language: Czech

The paper’s focus is on the social cognition in humans and other great apes. Both the traditional debate on the theory of mind in chimpanzees, and the current influential account of shared intentionality as the locus of anthropological difference are based on questionable representationalist and intellectualist views of the mind. The proponents of the so-called interactive turn in social cognition research reject these views and propose an alternative interactionist and enactivist account of human social understanding. I will argue that the interactive turn is to be extended and applied to other animal species as well, especially to non-human great apes.


Anthropological difference, Apes, Interactive turn, Joint attention, Joint intentionality, Social cognition, Theory of mind

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