Behavioral and Brain Sciences

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Behavioral and Brain Sciences (2009), 32:152-152 Cambridge University Press
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Carruthers' marvelous magical mindreading machine

Charlie Lewisa1 and Jeremy I. M. Carpendalea2

a1 Department of Psychology, Fylde College, Lancaster University, Bailrigg, Lancaster, LA1 4YF, United Kingdom
a2 Department of Psychology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia V5A 1S6, Canada
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Carruthers presents an interesting analysis of confabulation and a clear attack on introspection. Yet his theory-based alternative is a mechanistic view of “mindreading” which neglects the fact that social understanding occurs within a network of social relationships. In particular, the role of language in his model is too simple.

How we know our own minds: The relationship between mindreading and metacognition Peter Carruthers Department of Philosophy, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742