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Lunch Seminar: ‘First saying, then believing:the pragmatic roots of folk psychology’
13 November @ 12:30 - 13:30
During our lunch seminar next Wednesday (November 13th), Bart Geurts will give a talk titled ‘First saying, then believing: the pragmatic roots of folk psychology.’ You can find the abstract for his talk below.
The meeting will take place at the familiar time in the familiar room: from 12.30 to 13.30 in EOS 01.140.
Hope to see you next Wednesday in large numbers!
Abstract: First saying, then believing: the pragmatic roots of folk psychology
There are two social practices that, in our species, have reached an exceptionally high level of sophistication: communication and folk psychology. It is commonly agreed that these practices are linked, and the currently received view is that the former builds on the latter. However, since the received view is rather problematic, I propose to consider the possibility that people get much of their communicative business done without attributing mental states to each other. Based on empirical work in linguistic typology, I present a model of how the folk-psychological practice of attributing intentions and beliefs may have emerged out of relatively basic communicative practices. The central idea is that, once our ancestors started speaking about speech, speaking about intentions and beliefs wasn’t far away.
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