The Narrative Practice Hypothesis: Origins and Applications of Folk Psychology

Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 60:43-68 (2007)
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This paper promotes the view that our childhood engagement with narratives of a certain kind is the basis of sophisticated folk psychological abilities —i.e. it is through such socially scaffolded means that folk psychological skills are normally acquired and fostered. Undeniably, we often use our folk psychological apparatus in speculating about why another may have acted on a particular occasion, but this is at best a peripheral and parasitic use. Our primary understanding and skill in folk psychology derives from and has its primary application in special kinds of second-personal engagements.

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Daniel D. Hutto
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