The phenomenal mindreader: A case for phenomenal simulation

Philosophical Psychology 20 (1):29-42 (2007)
Abstract
This paper specifies two hypotheses that are intimated in recent research on empathy and mindreading. The first, the phenomenal simulation hypothesis, holds that those attributing mental states (i.e., mindreaders) sometimes simulate the phenomenal states of those to whom they are making attributions (i.e., targets). The second, the phenomenal mindreading hypothesis, holds that this phenomenal simulation plays an important role in some mental state attributions. After explicating these hypotheses, the paper focuses on the first. It argues that neuropsychological experiments on empathy and behavioral experiments on imitation provide good reason to think that mindreaders sometimes simulate targets' phenomenal states. Accordingly, the paper concludes, the phenomenal mindreading hypothesis merits consideration
Keywords EMOTIONAL FACIAL EXPRESSIONS   NEURAL SYSTEMS   BRAIN ACTIVITY   EMPATHY   PAIN   RECOGNITION   IMITATION   COHERENCE   EXPERIENCE   PHYSIOLOGY
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1080/09515080601108013
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history Request removal from index
 
Download options
PhilPapers Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy on self-archival     Papers currently archived: 20,866
External links
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA
Stephen P. Stich & Shaun Nichols (2002). Folk Psychology. In Stephen P. Stich & Ted A. Warfield (eds.), Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science. Blackwell 35-71.

View all 18 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
Meghan Masto (2015). Empathy and Its Role in Morality. Southern Journal of Philosophy 53 (1):74-96.
Stephen Biggs (2009). Phenomenal Concepts in Mindreading. Philosophical Psychology 22 (6):647 – 667.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Monthly downloads

Added to index

2009-01-28

Total downloads

57 ( #75,141 of 1,907,063 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

4 ( #200,048 of 1,907,063 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature


Discussion
Start a new thread
Order:
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.