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A Theory of Feelings Anger and Forgiveness"My Madness Saved Me"10 Good Questions about Life and Death12 Modern Philosophers50 Reasons People Give for Believing in a GodA Cabinet of Philosophical CuriositiesA Case for IronyA Companion to BioethicsA Companion to Buddhist PhilosophyA Companion to FoucaultA Companion to GenethicsA Companion to GenethicsA Companion to HumeA Companion to KantA Companion to Phenomenology and ExistentialismA Companion to PragmatismA Companion to the Philosophy of ActionA Companion to the Philosophy of BiologyA Companion to the Philosophy of LiteratureA Conceptual History of PsychologyA Critical Overview of Biological FunctionsA Critique of Naturalistic Philosophies of MindA Cursing Brain?A Delicate BalanceA Farewell to AlmsA Frightening LoveA Future for PresentismA Guide to the Good LifeA History of PsychiatryA History of the MindA Life Worth LivingA Manual of Experimental PhilosophyA Map of the MindA Metaphysics of PsychopathologyA Mind So RareA Natural History of Human MoralityA Natural History of Human ThinkingA Natural History of VisionA Parliament of MindsA Philosopher Looks at The Sense of HumorA Philosophical DiseaseA Philosophy of BoredomA Philosophy of Cinematic ArtA Philosophy of CultureA Philosophy of EmptinessA Philosophy of FearA Philosophy of PainA Physicalist ManifestoA Place for ConsciousnessA Question of TrustA Research Agenda for DSM-VA Revolution of the MindA Sentimentalist Theory of the MindA Stroll With William JamesA Tapestry of ValuesA Tear is an Intellectual ThingA Theory of FreedomA Thousand MachinesA Universe of ConsciousnessA Very Bad WizardA Very Bad Wizard: Morality Behind the CurtainA Virtue EpistemologyA World Full of GodsA World Without ValuesAbout FaceAbout the Beginning of the Hermeneutics of the SelfAction and ResponsibilityAction in ContextAction Theory, Rationality and CompulsionAction, Contemplation, and HappinessAction, Emotion and WillAdam SmithAdaptive DynamicsAddictionAddictionAddiction and ResponsibilityAddiction Is a ChoiceAdvances in Identity Theory and ResearchAftermathAfterwarAgainst AdaptationAgainst AutonomyAgainst BioethicsAgainst HappinessAgainst HealthAgency and ActionAgency and AnswerabilityAgency and EmbodimentAgency and ResponsibilityAgency, Freedom, and Moral ResponsibilityAl-JununAlain BadiouAlain BadiouAlasdair MacIntyreAlien Landscapes?Altered EgosAn Anthology of Psychiatric EthicsAn Ethics for TodayAn Intellectual History of CannibalismAn Interpretation of DesireAn Introduction to EthicsAn Introduction to Kant's Moral Philosophy An Introduction to Philosophy of EducationAn Introduction to the Philosophy of MindAn Introduction to the Philosophy of MindAn Introduction to the Philosophy of PsychologyAn Introductory Philosophy of MedicineAn Odd Kind of FameAnalytic FreudAnalytic Philosophy in AmericaAncient AngerAncient Models of MindAncient Philosophy of the SelfAngerAnimal LessonsAnimal MindsAnimals Like UsAnnihilationAnother PlanetAnswers for AristotleAnti-ExternalismAnti-Individualism and KnowledgeAntigone’s ClaimAntipsychiatryAre We Hardwired?Are Women Human?Arguing about DisabilityArguing About Human NatureAristotle and the Philosophy of FriendshipAristotle on Practical WisdomAristotle's ChildrenAristotle's Ethics and Moral ResponsibilityAristotle, Emotions, and EducationArt & MoralityArt After Conceptual ArtArt in Three DimensionsArt, Self and KnowledgeArtificial ConsciousnessArtificial HappinessAspects of PsychologismAsylum to ActionAtonement and ForgivenessAttention is Cognitive UnisonAutobiography as PhilosophyAutonomyAutonomy and Mental DisorderAutonomy and the Challenges to LiberalismBabies by DesignBackslidingBadiouBadiou's DeleuzeBadiou, Balibar, Ranciere: Rethinking EmancipationBare Facts And Naked TruthsBasic Desert, Reactive Attitudes and Free WillBattlestar Galactica and PhilosophyBe Like the FoxBeautyBecoming a SubjectBecoming HumanBehavingBehavioral Genetics in the Postgenomic EraBeing AmoralBeing HumanBeing Mentally Ill: A Sociological Theory Being No OneBeing Realistic about ReasonsBeing ReducedBeing YourselfBelief's Own EthicsBending Over BackwardsBerlin Childhood around 1900Bernard WilliamsBertrand RussellBetter than BothBetter Than WellBetween Two WorldsBeyond HealthBeyond Hegel and NietzscheBeyond KuhnBeyond LossBeyond Moral JudgmentBeyond PostmodernismBeyond ReductionBeyond SchizophreniaBeyond the DSM StoryBioethicsBioethics and the BrainBioethics in the ClinicBiological Complexity and Integrative PluralismBiology Is TechnologyBiosBipolar ExpeditionsBlackwell Companion to the Philosophy of EducationBlindsight & The Nature of ConsciousnessBlues - Philosophy for EveryoneBlushBob Dylan and PhilosophyBody ConsciousnessBody Image And Body SchemaBody ImagesBody LanguageBody MattersBody WorkBody-Subjects and Disordered MindsBoundBoundaries of the MindBoyleBrain Evolution and CognitionBrain FictionBrain, Mind, and Human Behavior in Contemporary Cognitive ScienceBrain-WiseBrainchildrenBrains, Buddhas, and BelievingBrainstormingBrave New WorldsBreakdown of WillBrief Child Therapy Homework PlannerBrief Inquiry into the Meaning of Sin and FaithBrief Therapy Homework PlannerBritain on the CouchBritish Idealism and the Concept of the SelfBrute RationalityBuffy the Vampire Slayer and PhilosophyBut Is It Art?Camus and SartreCartesian LinguisticsCartographies of the MindCarving Nature at Its JointsCase Studies in Biomedical Research EthicsCassandra's DaughterCato's TearsCausation and CounterfactualsCauses, Laws, and Free WillChanging Conceptions of the Child from the Renaissance to Post-ModernityChanging the SubjectChaosophyCharacter and Moral Psychology Character as Moral FictionCharles DarwinCherishmentChildhood and the Philosophy of EducationChildrenChildren, Families, and Health Care Decision MakingChoices and ConflictChoosing Not to ChooseChristmas - Philosophy for EveryoneCinema, Philosophy, BergmanCinematic MythmakingCity and Soul in Plato's RepublicClassifying MadnessClear and Queer ThinkingClinical EthicsClinical Psychiatry in Imperial GermanyCodependent ForevermoreCoffee - Philosophy for EveryoneCognition and the BrainCognition of Value in Aristotle's EthicsCognition Through Understanding: Self-Knowledge, Interlocution, Reasoning, ReflectionCognitive BiologyCognitive FictionsCognitive Neuroscience of EmotionCognitive Systems and the Extended MindCognitive Systems and the Extended Mind Cognitive Theories of Mental IllnessCoherence in Thought and ActionCollected Papers, Volume 1Collected Papers, Volume 2College SexComedy IncarnateCommitmentCommunicative Action and Rational ChoiceCompetence, Condemnation, and CommitmentConcealment And ExposureConceptual Analysis and Philosophical NaturalismConceptual Art and PaintingConceptual Issues in Evolutionary BiologyConfessionsConfucianismConnected, or What It Means to Live in the Network SocietyConquest of AbundanceConscience and ConvenienceConsciousnessConsciousnessConsciousnessConsciousness ConsciousnessConsciousness and Its Place in NatureConsciousness and LanguageConsciousness and Mental LifeConsciousness and MindConsciousness and the NovelConsciousness and the SelfConsciousness EmergingConsciousness EvolvingConsciousness ExplainedConsciousness in ActionConsciousness RecoveredConsciousness RevisitedConsciousness, Color, and ContentConsole and ClassifyConstructing the WorldConstructive AnalysisContemporary Debates In Applied EthicsContemporary Debates in Moral TheoryContemporary Debates in Philosophy of BiologyContemporary Debates in Philosophy of MindContemporary Debates in Political PhilosophyContemporary Debates in Social PhilosophyContemporary Perspectives on Natural LawContested Knowledge: Social Theory TodayContesting PsychiatryContext and the AttitudesContinental Philosophy of ScienceControlControlling Our DestiniesConversations About Psychology and Sexual OrientationCopernicus, Darwin and FreudCrazy for YouCreating a Life of Meaning and CompassionCreating ConsilienceCreating HysteriaCreating Mental IllnessCreating Scientific ConceptsCreating the American JunkieCreation, Rationality and AutonomyCreatures Like Us?Crime and CulpabilityCrime, Punishment, and Mental IllnessCrimes of ReasonCritical New Perspectives on Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity DisorderCritical PsychiatryCritical PsychologyCritical ResistanceCritical Thinking About PsychologyCritical VisionsCross and KhoraCruel CompassionCTRL [SPACE]Cultural Psychology of the SelfCultural Theory: An IntroductionCulture and Psychiatric DiagnosisCulture and Subjective Well-BeingCulture of DeathCultures of NeurastheniaCurious EmotionsCurrent Controversies in Experimental PhilosophyCustom and Reason in HumeCustomers and Patrons of the Mad-TradeCutting God in Half - And Putting the Pieces Together AgainCylons in AmericaDamaged IdentitiesDamasio's Error and Descartes' TruthDangerous EmotionsDaniel DennettDaniel DennettDark AgesDarwin and DesignDarwin's Dangerous IdeaDarwin's LegacyDarwin, God and the Meaning of LifeDarwinian PsychiatryDarwinian ReductionismDarwinizing CultureDating: Philosophy for EveryoneDeathDeathDeath and CharacterDeath and CompassionDeath and the AfterlifeDebating DesignDebating HumanismDecision Making, Personhood and DementiaDecomposing the WillDeconstructing PsychotherapyDeconstruction and DemocracyDeeper Than DarwinDeeper than ReasonDefending Science - within ReasonDefining Psychopathology in the 21st CenturyDegrees of BeliefDelusion and Self-DeceptionDelusions and Other Irrational BeliefsDelusions and the Madness of the MassesDementiaDemons, Dreamers, and MadmenDennett and Ricoeur on the Narrative SelfDennett’s PhilosophyDepression Is a ChoiceDepression, Emotion and the SelfDepthDerrida, Deleuze, PsychoanalysisDescartesDescartes and the Passionate MindDescartes' CogitoDescartes's Changing MindDescartes's Concept of MindDescribing Inner Experience?Descriptions and PrescriptionsDesembodied Spirits and Deanimated Bodies Desert Islands and Other Texts (1953-1974)Desire and AffectDesire, Love, and IdentityDesire, Practical Reason, and the GoodDeveloping the VirtuesDiagnosing the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental DisordersDialectics of the SelfDid My Neurons Make Me Do It?Difference and IdentityDigital SoulDimensional Models of Personality DisordersDisability, Difference, DiscriminationDisjunctivismDisorders of VolitionDisorientation and Moral LifeDispatches from the Freud WarsDisrupted LivesDistractionDisturbed ConsciousnessDivided Minds and Successive SelvesDo Apes Read Minds?Do Fish Feel Pain?Do We Still Need Doctors?Does Consciousness Cause Behavior?Does the Woman Exist?Doing without ConceptsDon't Believe Everything You ThinkDonald DavidsonDonald Davidson on Truth, Meaning, and the MentalDoubting Darwin?Dreaming and Other Involuntary MentationDSM-IV SourcebookDSM-IV SourcebookDSM-IV-TR CasebookDworkin and His CriticsDying to KnowDynamics in ActionDysthymia and the Spectrum of Chronic DepressionsEccentricsEducational MetamorphosesEffective IntentionsElbow Room: The Varieties of Free Will Worth WantingEmbodied Minds in ActionEmbodied RhetoricsEmbodied Selves and Divided MindsEmbryos under the MicroscopeEmergencies in Mental Health PracticeEmerging Conceptual, Ethical and Policy Issues in BionanotechnologyEmotionEmotion and ConsciousnessEmotion and PsycheEmotion ExperienceEmotion RegulationEmotion, Evolution, And RationalityEmotional IntelligenceEmotional ReasonEmotional ReasonEmotional TruthEmotions in Humans and ArtifactsEmotions in the Moral LifeEmotions in the Moral LifeEmotions, Value, and AgencyEmpathyEmpathy and AgencyEmpathy and Moral DevelopmentEmpathy and MoralityEmpathy in the Context of PhilosophyEmpirical Ethics in PsychiatryEnchanted LoomsEngaging BuddhismEngineering the Human GermlineEnjoymentEnvyEpicureanismEpistemic LuckEpistemologyEpistemology and EmotionsEpistemology and the Psychology of Human JudgmentEros and the GoodErotic MoralityEssays in Social NeuroscienceEssays in the Metaphysics of Mind Essays on Derek Parfit's On What MattersEssays on Free Will and Moral ResponsibilityEssays on Nonconceptual ContentEssays on Philosophical CounselingEssays on Reference, Language, and MindEssays on the Concept of Mind in Early-Modern PhilosophyEssential Sources in the Scientific Study of ConsciousnessEsssential Philosophy of PsychiatryEternal Sunshine of the Spotless MindEthical Conflicts in PsychologyEthical Issues in Forensic Mental Health ResearchEthical Issues in Human CloningEthical TheoryEthicsEthicsEthics and the A PrioriEthics and the Metaphysics of MedicineEthics and Values in PsychotherapyEthics Done RightEthics ExpertiseEthics in Plain EnglishEthics in PracticeEthics in Psychiatric ResearchEthics of PsychiatryEthics without OntologyEuropean Review of Philosophy. Vol. 5Everyday IrrationalityEvil in Modern ThoughtEvolutionEvolution and the Human MindEvolution's RainbowEvolutionary Origins of MoralityEvolutionary PsychologyExamined LifeExamined LivesExistential AmericaExistentialismExistentialism and Romantic LoveExperimental PhilosophyExperimental PhilosophyExperimental PhilosophyExperimental Philosophy, Rationalism, and NaturalismExperiments in EthicsExplaining ConsciousnessExplaining the BrainExplaining the Computational MindExplanatory PluralismExploding the Gene MythExploring HappinessExploring the SelfExpression and the InnerExpressions of JudgmentFaces of IntentionFact and ValueFact and Value in EmotionFacts, Values, and NormsFads and Fallacies in the Social SciencesFaith and Wisdom in ScienceFatherhoodFear of KnowledgeFearless SpeechFeeling Pain and Being in PainFeelings and EmotionsFeelings of BeingFellow-Feeling and the Moral LifeFeminism and Its DiscontentsFeminism and Philosophy of ScienceFeminist Ethics and Social and Political PhilosophyFeminist Interpretations of Rene DescartesFeminist TheoryField Notes from ElsewhereFinding Consciousness in the BrainFingerprints of GodFlesh in the Age of ReasonFolk Psychological NarrativesFolk Psychology Re-AssessedForces of HabitForgivenessForgiveness and LoveForgiveness and RetributionFoucault 2.0Foucault and PhilosophyFoucault NowFoucault, Psychology and the Analytics of PowerFoundational Issues in Human Brain MappingFoundations of Ethical Practice, Research, and Teaching in PsychologyFour Views on Free WillFrank Ramsey (1903-1930)Free WillFree WillFree WillFree WillFree Will and Action ExplanationFree Will and LuckFree Will And Moral ResponsibilityFree Will as an Open Scientific ProblemFree Will, Agency, and Meaning in LifeFree: Why Science Hasn't Disproved Free WillFreedomFreedom and DeterminismFreedom And NeurobiologyFreedom and ResponsibiltyFreedom and ValueFreedom EvolvesFreedom RegainedFreedom vs. InterventionFreedom, Fame, Lying, and BetrayalFreudFreud and the Question of PseudoscienceFreud As PhilosopherFreud's AnswerFreud, the Reluctant PhilosopherFriedrich NietzscheFrom Chance to ChoiceFrom Clinic to ClassroomFrom Complexity to LifeFrom Enlightenment to ReceptivityFrom Knowledge to Wisdom: A Revolution for Science and the HumanitiesFrom Morality to Mental HealthFrom Passions to EmotionsFrom Philosophy to PsychotherapyFrom Valuing to ValueFrontiers of ConsciousnessFrontiers of JusticeFurnishing the MindGalileo in PittsburghGenderGender and Mental HealthGender in the MirrorGender TroubleGenesGenes, Women, EqualityGenetic Nature/CultureGenetic ProspectsGenetic ProspectsGenetic SecretsGenocide's AftermathGenomes and What to Make of ThemGerman Idealism and the JewGerman PhilosophyGetting HookedGilles DeleuzeGlobal PhilosophyGluttonyGod and Phenomenal ConsciousnessGoffman's LegacyGoing Amiss in Experimental ResearchGoodness & AdviceGrassroots SpiritualityGrave MattersGrave MattersGreedGreek Models of Mind and SelfGut ReactionsHabilitation, 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Other MindsReview - Other Minds
How Humans Bridge the Divide between Self and Others
by Bertram F. Malle and Sara D. Hodges (Editors)
Guilford, 2005
Review by Giacomo Romano, Ph.D.
May 23rd 2006 (Volume 10, Issue 21)

Since Descartes, the problem of other minds has been a classic discussion in the tradition of Western philosophy. It consists of different questions related to whether and how to justify what is going on in the mind of other people. Until the second half of the 19th century, that is, until scientific psychology became a discipline fairly autonomous from philosophy, philosophers used to answer these questions, as well as all of the other questions relative to the mind, without taking much into consideration the findings of empirical sciences.

Nowadays things are changed and the book edited by Malle and Hodges confirms the change. Other Minds takes a survey of many problems relative to the capacity, that is typically human, of understanding the individuals of our (and similar) species as endowed with a mind. The book mainly proceeds with an empirical approach. Yet problems are articulated in the discussion of a number of questions: What does mindreading exactly mean? Does mindreading correspond to a specific cognitive device or to a general psychological capacity? Can we identify a neural correlate of mindreading? Does the faculty of interpreting other minds bear on related mental phenomena, such as consciousness and self-awareness? The solutions that the volume offers for these questions are based on the impressive inventory of empirical data collected by experimental psychologists.

The subject matters taken into consideration by the essays of the book seem to disappear from the agenda of theoretical psychology in the second postwar period. Maybe one of the reasons of the indifference about these issues is the collateral spread and success of the new paradigm for cognitive psychology: that is, methodological solipsism that started to define the items of the agenda focusing on cognitive processes which are limited to the individual dimension. Only at the end of the 1970's have psychologists started again to analyze the question of other minds from a cognitive point of view. At that time, the debate about the theoretical nature of naïve psychology, that is, the psychology of common sense that explains behavior in terms of beliefs, desires, and similar intentional attitudes, came to the attention of cognitivists. The theoretical framework of cognitive sciences was popular and theorists used it in order to explain the capacity of a person to ascribe, understand, and predict mental states and actions of other people. They considered this capacity as the result of the application of rules and/or principles that constitute the body of knowledge of which any adult and normal human being is or should be naturally endowed. In other words, according to this view, that is known as '"theory" theory' of mind, an individual is able to interpret the mind of other people thanks to his theory of mind. The theory of mind that a person makes up on the intentional attitudes of other people can be conceived in two ways. It can be considered a real theory, that is or can be explicitly articulated (e.g. as a scientific theory). Alternatively, it can be identified with a core of knowledge that is implicit, modular, and innate (such as Chomsky's grammar). After a decade, some scholars of the mind suggested a different hypothesis. Without appealing to a theory, implicit or explicit, they proposed that the key cognitive process employed by someone in order to interpret the mind of others is a form of simulative procedure. This is based on the capacity of a person to identify himself, both emotionally and cognitively, with other people in order to re-enact the psychological etiology of their behavior (such a more recent approach is known as 'theory of mental simulation').

The comparison between "theory" theory of mind and theory of mental simulation, relative to the capacity of mindreading, has led the discussion. The debate has mainly focused on theoretical disputes that have almost adopted only the metapsychological competence of toddlers and subjects with autism as test-bed. Other Minds, inspired by this debate, extends the discussion of the problem  relating mindreading to other perspectives, especially within social psychology, a field that has not yet been covered. Thus, Other Minds fills some important gaps in the state-of-the-art of    mindreading studies.

The book edited by Malle and Hodges gathers 21 essays that are the refined versions of the talks given by a heterogeneous team of scholars at the conference on other minds, held in September 2003 at the University of Oregon. Most of the authors are psychologists (mainly developmental psychologists and especially social psychologists), but they were in company of neuroscientists, linguists, and a few philosophers. The editors have provided the volume with a precise and concise introduction, and it is subdivided into five thematic sections. The first four sections each contain four essays; the last one, instead, contains five. Some of the texts seem out of place (especially essay 4 in the first section and essay 21 in the last section), giving the reader the impression that the section's organizations has followed more editorial demands rather than thematic resemblances. However, if some of the essays do not fit the sections in which they are included, they all fit the general subject matter of other minds.

As I cannot thoroughly comment on each essay for reasons of space, I will take a short survey of them, organizing my commentaries in five thematic groups that correspond to the five sections in which the volume is subdivided. I will also point out the texts that are more interesting, insofar they are particularly clear and/or original.

  1. The first section, titled "Questions about the Phenomenon", is focused on the description of the processes that seems to be involved with mindreading, and on the difficult individuation of these processes. Several investigations about cognitive development have proven that mindreading is a capacity that gradually develops. It is worth wondering about the possibility to correlate this capacity to other factors that occur in order to determine cognitive development, such as the executive function (cf. essay 1): Otherwise, mindreading could be the result of a number of cognitive elements that develop simultaneously, such as the faculty of perceiving intentional behavior or talking about intentional attitudes (cf. essay 2). However, the capacity of interpreting other minds is not easily characterized by its component elements such as perspective taking. For example the meaning of "perspective taking" is not clear because, as B. Malle claims, "... since most empirical interest in perspective taking has tended to be tactical [...] surprisingly little attention has been devoted to understanding perspective taking in its own right" (cf. p. 53, essay 3). Another controversial aspect is the very nature of mindreading, that many cognitivists conceive as conceptual. Essay 4, that Daniel Hutto carefully defends, argues against this idea and its implicit conception of the propositional feature of concepts, as well as against the theoretical nature of mindreading that relies on this idea. Prof. Hutto holds that in order to conceptually understand other minds, concepts such as "beliefs" and "desires" have to be employed. These concepts acquire their meaning on a holistic base; therefore, they cannot have propositional and discrete nature, like cognitivists sustain. In fact, such an hypothesis is incompatible with the possibility that children can learn concepts like "beliefs" and "desires" through a developmental approach, as indeed they do. Consequently, the capacity of mindreading also cannot have theoretical nature.
  2. Determining the psychological mechanisms that make us acquire the ability of mindreading is a difficult task. However, there is no doubt that such a capacity has cognitive, behavioral, and neurophysiological correlations. The second section of the book, "Reading Behavior, Reading Minds", addresses these connections. It scrutinizes the observable facts that correspond to mindreading from various points of view. The most interesting perspective, maybe because we know very little about it, is the one that aims at finding the neural correlates of the cognitive activities that concur to the interpretation of other minds. Of course there is no way of identifying precise neurophysiological patterns that correspond to such a general capacity. At most we could establish a correlation between some of the aspects of mindreading and some neurophysiological schemas. Yet in this case, there is no strict correspondence. Essay 5, by Diego Fernandez-Duque and Jodie A. Baird, highlights these difficulties. The two authors try to test the faculty of following the gaze of the others when it is matched with social stimuli. Unfortunately there is an underlying problem: there are no precise standards according to which we can interpret a certain stimulus as social or non social. This matter is relative to a certain context. For such a reason Fernandez-Duque and Baird conclude that the brain is not subdivided into modules specialize in the computation of social stimuli. It seems more plausible to think of several sub-systems in the brain that implement a number of non-specialized elementary computations. Thus, the social inputs that stimulate these sub-systems can be relative to very different situations too. At the behavioral level, analyzing the social dynamics that occur among several subjects is easier, also in very complicated conditions such as cooperative situations (cf. essay 6), the formation of judgments relative to personal traits (cf. essay 7), and the evaluation of other people's goals (cf. essay 8).
  3. The third section, "Reading One's Own Mind, Reading Other Minds", contains a number of reflections relative to the potential for an individual to interpret other's minds. Unsurprisingly, the cognitive toolbox that we employ for reading other people's minds seems to be the same that we use for reading our own mind. Shockingly, it happens that the brain areas specialized to process information relative to our own psychological states are exactly the same that we use for processing information relative to the psychological states of other people. Jean Decety (cf. essay 9), on the basis of his neurophysiological research, claims that this is the case for empathy, that he considers a psychological capacity. This capacity produces second order representations of other's psychological perspectives by using as a default model the same psychological perspective that a person adopts to represent himself. However, if Decety's hypothesis is right, then it has to deal with the following: how can one person adopt his own cognitive perspective in order to understand the cognitive perspective of other people without getting confused? Decety's answer leads to another hypothesis that postulates the necessity that a person is aware of being empathetic. This kind of self-awareness monitors the different neural subsystems that implement empathy. Therefore, the mechanisms that realize empathic knowledge of others can be the same which effectuates knowledge of ourselves, but they are employed according to different modalities. At the behavioral level, an individual subject applies inferential mechanisms that are activated by different stimuli; these could be relative to the situations in which a person is perceived (cf. essay 10). However, the "self" is not to be considered only as the starting point of the inferential procedures that inform us about others. Rather, we should think of the "self" as identical with a cognitive performance that re-enacts the experiences which are ascribed to others through a simulation process (cf. essay 11). This process seems to be so important that some identify it with a mechanism that precedes and sub-serves self-awareness (cf. essay 12).
  4. The practice of understanding other minds starts up an impressive mass of cognitive devices of any kind. There are many mental and behavioral schemas that are basic for this practice. One of the basic components is linguistic interpretation. Section four, "Language and Other Minds", takes under scrutiny some (to tell the truth, a few and superficial) linguistic aspects of mindreading. Essay 13 analyzes the communicative and informative function of language; they are both considered essential for the development of mindreading. In essay 14 M. Barker and T. Givòn interpret an experiment that should reveal the act of mindreading in daily conversations. According to the thesis of the two authors, a listener employs mindreading in order to generate a mental model of the speaker by means of perspective taking. The essay seems to explore the psychological counterpart of the Speech Act Theory. This attempt is very interesting, even though the methodological procedure adopted in the experiment is not very convincing. Therefore, the interpretation of the results of the experiment cannot be very convincing either. In general the experiments in which only verbal reports are tested, are always ambiguous. Unfortunately, the same degree of ambiguity underlies the interpretation of the empirical data described in essay 15. Essay 15 evaluates the conceptual misunderstandings that different people form when they assign different meanings to the same words (and yet communication is somewhat successful). The same vague reason reveals how much the judgment about the character of a human being depends on the misleading interpretation of personal traits in essay 16. These, in fact, are always formulated in terms of mental concepts that are often not clear-cut. To be honest, this section could be useful for experimental social psychologists, but is not very significant from a theoretical point-of-view because of the general obscurity of the reported data. However, by joining with the results of the concrete work of social psychologists, one can understand the difficulty to explain complex behaviors that are influenced by many and   various elements.
  5. Mindreading is a powerful cognitive tool, and likely is one of the secrets of the success of the human race. Yet, like all of the other human capacities, it is limited. To rely on it without caution can have serious consequences. The fifth section, "Limits of Mindreading", collects some investigations about the difficulty of this capacity's application. Essay 17 denounces the excess of egocentrism, that is, the insistence on weighing psychological modalities of others in comparison with one's own psychological modalities. According to the authors of essay 17, this is a fallacy of humans from birth to maturity. They empirically test the misleading egocentric bias in relation to the inaccuracies with which a listener interprets the utterances of speaker. Essay 18 considers the negative impact of taking the emotional perspective of others in predicting their behavior: e.g., if you answer the question: How would a hiker feel after spending 4 days, lost and without food, in an Alaskan desert area? After stepping into the shoes of the hiker, likely your evaluation is unbalanced and not very lucid. Essay 19 evaluates the predictions that certain experimental subjects formulate on the basis of the empathic model of re-enactment of tricky situations, such as new motherhood, alcoholism, and parental divorce. In any case, the predictions produce an incoherent body of data. In essay 20 the aptitude for a member of a couple to interpret the emotions of his partner results in dual judgment. On one hand, accuracy in empathic interpretation can be fruitful for a better understanding of the partners. On the other hand, it seems that the better understanding of the psychological dimension of the partner can seriously endanger the relationship between the members of the couple. In general, essays 17-20 test the effects of empathic mindreading on the psychology of interpersonal relations. Likely, these essays are more interesting for social psychologists rather than for scholars who have an interest in the theoretical import of the capacity of mindreading. In the last and 21st essay of the 5th section which concludes the book, Robyn Langdon retakes an important theoretical reflection. Prof. Langdon compares autism and schizophrenia in relation with mindreading. In fact, subjects with autism and schizophrenia, although different in symptomatological, epidemiological, and diagnostic points-of-view, both possess deficits in mindreading. Yet the impairment of mindreading in autistic people differs from the one in schizophrenics. Langdon, relying on a her own experiment of visual perspective taking in schizophrenics, does not explain the deficits of mindreading in schizophrenics and autistics on the basis of a common etiology (like Chris Frith does in his 1992 book "The Cognitive Neuropsychology of Schizophrenia – book that Langdon curiously enough neglects). According to Langdon, schizophrenics lack    a world-centered frame of reference, by means of which non schizophrenic people can position themselves as subjects endowed with a cognitive perspective among other intentional subjects. This incapacity is caused by a handicap in simulating (here though Langdon by "simulation" means somewhat an idiosyncratic, little clear, and rather misleading concept) the subjective experience of others. Likely such a handicap is domain-specific. Unfortunately, Langdon does not clarify whether her explanation of the mindreading impairment in schizophrenics can be also useful to explain mindblindness in subjects with autism. The natural conclusion to draw is that mindreading is a general capacity, very intricate, and its complexity is revealed by unfortunate malfunctions. These malfunctions differ and have varying etiologies, as in the case of autism and schizophrenia.

All of the essays in the book edited by Malle and Hodges are properly written, and offer a broad and interdisciplinary survey of the themes that can be discussed in relation to the problem of other minds. If this was, originally, a philosophical problem, Other Minds clearly proves that psychological sciences can work to find a solution for it. The way in which psychology deals with the problem is thought-provoking, and is maybe more stimulating than the way in which philosophers have treated it in the past. However, among those that I have quickly reviewed, the essays most interesting for me are the ones which are theoretically relevant, or at least raise theoretical doubts. These are essays 4 and 21 focusing on theoretical and conceptual foundations of the capacity of mindreading. Maybe the fact that I preferred the most theoretical essays is not only a matter of personal taste, but it could also be notable. It might further suggest that the more concrete answers proposed by scientific psychology adopting an empirical methodology raise several theoretical questions. Psychologists also have to recognize the need of theory, even about very pragmatic issues. Otherwise they might fall under the Wittgensteinian curse of the Philosophical Investigations (2nd part, section XIV) against psychology, whose experimental methods are doomed to an inescapable conceptual confusion. After reading the volume edited by Malle and Hodges, and the jungle of concepts (sometimes obscure) that are contained in it, anyone who has read Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations will remember that dismissive passage. Likely, in order to exorcise Wittgenstein's curse against psychology and, therefore, against this book, we should consider it as a good collection of the results of empirical psychological investigations. Yet many other remarks, both theoretical and methodological, have to be made about its content.

 

© 2006 Giacomo Romano

 

Giacomo Romano, PhD, Philosophy Department, University of Siena (Italy)


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