Embodied cognition and theory of mind

In Lawrence Shapiro (ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Embodied Cognition. Routledge. pp. 197-206 (2014)

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Shannon Spaulding
Oklahoma State University
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According to embodied cognition, the philosophical and empirical literature on theory of mind is misguided. Embodied cognition rejects the idea that social cognition requires theory of mind. It regards the intramural debate between the Theory Theory and the Simulation Theory as irrelevant, and it dismisses the empirical studies on theory of mind as ill conceived and misleading. Embodied cognition provides a novel deflationary account of social cognition that does not depend on theory of mind. In this chapter, l describe embodied cognition’s alternative to theory of mind and discuss three challenges it faces.
Keywords Embodied Cognition  Social Cognition  Theory of Mind
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