Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Introduction: Against ‘Theory of Mind’

    1. Ivan Leudar, Alan Costall
      Pages 1-16
  3. Theory and History

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Ivan Leudar, Alan Costall
      Pages 19-38
    3. Alan Costall, Ivan Leudar
      Pages 39-55
    4. Wes Sharrock, Jeff Coulter
      Pages 56-88
  4. Applications

  5. Alternatives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-189
    2. Daniel D. Hutto
      Pages 221-238
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 239-273

About this book


The 'theory of mind' framework has been the fastest growing body of empirical research in contemporary psychology. It has given rise to a range of positions on what it takes to relate to others as intentional beings. This book brings together disparate strands of ToM research, lays out historical roots of the idea and indicates better alternatives


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Editors and affiliations

  • Ivan Leudar
    • 1
  • Alan Costall
    • 2
  1. 1.University of ManchesterUK
  2. 2.University of PortsmouthUK

About the editors

MICHAEL BAVIDGE, Centre for Continuing Education, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK JEFF COULTER, Department of Sociology, Boston University, USA IAN GROUND , School of Education and Lifelong Learning, University OF Sunderland, UK DANIEL D. HUTTO, Department of Philosophy, University of Hertfordshire, UK IVANA MARKOVA, Department of Psychology, University of Stirling, UK ROSEMARIE MCCABE, Queen Mary University, London, UK PAUL MORRIS, Department of Psychology, University of Portsmouth, UK VASUDEVI REDDY, Department of Psychology, University of Portsmouth, UK STUART SHANKER, Milton and Ethel Harris Research Initiative, York University, Canada WES SHARROCK, School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester, UK JIM STIEBEN, Milton and Ethel Harris Research Initiative, York University, Canada EMMA WILLIAMS, Department of Psychology, University of Surrey, UK.

Bibliographic information


'Against Theory of Mind is an essential remedy to the unquestioning approach of most books in the literature and as such is an essential read both for those who have maintained suspicion of the ToM literature over the years and for those who desire a heretic against which to test their faith...The arguments made have important implications for many areas of psychological research.' - Eric P. Charles, Contemporary Psychology (American Psychological Association)

'This book is worth paying attention to...It goes against mainstream contemporary philosophy of mind and psychology... and sheds light on hidden assumptions almost universally accepted by ToM, showing that these assumptions are not adequately reflected...[T]he manner in which they handle the seemingly unshakeable pillars on which ToM stands, seems to be admirable.' - Czech Sociological Review