First-person Folk Psychology: Mindreading or Mindshaping?

Studia Philosophica Estonica 9 (1):170-183 (2016)
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Abstract

Proponents of mindshaping argue that third-person folk psychology is not primarily about "reading" mental states for the purpose of behavior prediction and explanation. Instead, they claim that third-person folk psychology is first and foremost a regulative practice -- one that "shapes" mental states in accordance with the norms of a shared folk psychological framework. This paper investigates to what extent the core assumptions behind the mindshaping hypothesis are compatible with an account of first-person folk psychology that is based on the notion of "self-regulative agency."

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