Autism as mindblindness: An elaboration and partial defence

In Peter Carruthers & Peter K. Smith (eds.), Theories of Theories of Mind. Cambridge University Press 257 (1996)
In this chapter I defend the mind-blindness theory of autism, by showing how it can accommodate data which might otherwise appear problematic for it. Specifically, I show how it can explain the fact that autistic children rarely engage in spontaneous pretend-play, and also how it can explain the executive-function deficits which are characteristic of the syndrome. I do this by emphasising what I take to be an entailment of the mind-blindness theory, that autistic subjects have difficulties of access to their own mental states, as well as to the mental states of other people
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