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Enjeux et Représentations de la Science, de la Technologie et de leurs Usages.

Emergence des sciences cognitives

6 ème séance du séminaire ESC : La cognition sociale

24 avril 2008
14h30-16h30, ENS LSH
contact : Jean-Michel Roy

Daniel Hutto Philosophy, University of Hertfordshire

The Narrative Practice Hypothesis : Motivations and Challenges

”This talk will introduce and motivate the conjecture that a sub-set of narrative practices, those involving stories of a distinctive kind, constitute the true basis of our folk psychological understanding and our everyday skill at making sense of actions in terms of reasons (a practice which I call folk psychology, sensu stricto). This is the core claim of the Narrative Practice Hypothesis (or NPH). This talk will elaborate, situate and defend the NPH against some recent challenges - both from those who favour third-personal mentalizing or ‘theory or mind’ approaches (which includes most simulationist theorists) and others who advocate a more radically eliminativist stance on folk psychology. Most importantly, I will address the worry that having the kind of narrative competency required for fist entering into folk psychological practice necessarily presupposes having mature ‘ToM’ abilities.”

Daniel Hutto bibliography : . Folk Psychological Narratives : the sociocultural basis of understanding reasons, Jan 2008 MIT Press. . Narrative and Understanding Persons. 2007 . Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press. .Folk Psychology Reassessed (co-editor with M. Ratcliffe). 2007. Dordrecht : Springer. . Radical Enactivism. 2006. Focus on the Philosophy of Daniel D. Hutto. Special yearbook issue of Consciousness and Emotion. Edited by Richard Menary, with commentaries by and replies to Tim Crane, Shaun Gallagher, Peter Goldie, Peter Hobson, Erik Myin and Lars De Nul, and Anthony Rudd. Philadelphia/Amsterdam . Wittgenstein and the End of Philosophy. 2003. Palgrave/Macmillan. . Beyond Physicalism. 2000. John Benjamins (Advances in Consciousness Research Series) . The Presence of Mind. 1999. John Benjamins. Advances in Consciousness Research 17 . Current Issues in Idealism (co-editor with P. Coates). 1996. Bristol : Thoemmes Press.