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The status of simulation theory in the interpretation debate


The status of simulation theory in the interpretation debate

Downs, Joanne (1998) The status of simulation theory in the interpretation debate. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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There is a debate going on in the contemporary philosophical literature concerned with our folk-psychological capacities, that is, how we explain, predict and interpret the behavior of others, and how we ascribe mental states such as beliefs and desires to each other. The purpose of this thesis is to examine the status of the two opponents of this debate, simulation theory and theory-theory, concerning the plausibility of their explanation of self knowledge, our capacity to attribute mental states to ourselves and to each other. A preliminary concern is to determine whether or not simulation theory should be considered a plausible rival to theory-theory, the presently dominant theory of our folk psychological capacities.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Philosophy
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Downs, Joanne
Pagination:iii, 72 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Dept. of Philosophy
Thesis Supervisor(s):Bernier, Paul
ID Code:654
Deposited By: Concordia University Library
Deposited On:27 Aug 2009 17:13
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:14
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