PHIL 376 Interpreting Minds

A systematic introduction to the recent and dynamic interdisciplinary research area in nave psychology or theory of mind. The course begins with the philosophical debates about nave or folk psychology, then surveys the main empirical data, key experiments and hypotheses about ape and child interpretation of minds, and concludes with a comparative analysis of several much debated proposals about how the interpretation of minds is accomplishedthrough innate mechanisms (modules), by simulation or in terms of a nave theory.