Philosophical Studies 175 (5):1217-1241 (2018)

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Evan Westra
University of Toronto, St. George Campus
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Traditionally, theories of mindreading have focused on the representation of beliefs and desires. However, decades of social psychology and social neuroscience have shown that, in addition to reasoning about beliefs and desires, human beings also use representations of character traits to predict and interpret behavior. While a few recent accounts have attempted to accommodate these findings, they have not succeeded in explaining the relation between trait attribution and belief-desire reasoning. On my account, character-trait attribution is part of a hierarchical system for action prediction, and serves to inform hypotheses about agents’ beliefs and desires, which are in turn used to predict and interpret behavior.
Keywords theory of mind  social cognition  mindreading  character  fundamental attribution error  correspondence bias  predictive coding
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