Can the `Theory of Mind’ Hypothesis Survive, Given Theoretical Insights Derived from the Study of Autism? A Response to Hacking and McGeer

Kriterion - Journal of Philosophy 28 (1):45-54 (2014)

Matthew J. Cull
University of Sheffield
In this paper I agree with both Ian Hacking and Victoria McGeer that the ‘Theory of Mind’ theory (ToM) is fundamentally flawed. However, I find reasons to reject both of their critiques of ToM as incoherent and instead build upon certain parts of McGeer’s work to develop my own rejection of ToM. I end by suggesting routes this rejection might take the philosophy of psychology down.
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