Theory of mind, logical form and eliminativism

Philosophical Psychology 13 (4):465-490 (2000)
I argue for a cognitive architecture in which folk psychology is supported by an interface of a ToM module and the language faculty, the latter providing the former with interpreted LF structures which form the content representations of ToM states. I show that LF structures satisfy a range of key features asked of contents. I confront this account of ToM with eliminativism and diagnose and combat the thought that "success" and innateness are inconsistent with the falsity of folk psychology. I show that, while my ensemble account of ToM and language refutes the culturalist presuppositions that tend to underlie eliminativist arguments, the falsity of folk psychology is consistent with the account.
Keywords Eliminativism  Logical Form  Metaphysics  Mind  Module  Science
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DOI 10.1080/09515080020007616
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