Rethinking Commonsense Psychology

A Critique of Folk Psychology, Theory of Mind and Simulation

  • Authors
  • Matthew┬áRatcliffe

Part of the New Directions in Philosophy and Cognitive Science book series (NDPCS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Matthew Ratcliffe
    Pages 58-84
  3. Matthew Ratcliffe
    Pages 85-120
  4. Matthew Ratcliffe
    Pages 121-151
  5. Matthew Ratcliffe
    Pages 152-185
  6. Matthew Ratcliffe
    Pages 186-221
  7. Matthew Ratcliffe
    Pages 222-244
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 245-271

About this book


This book offers arguments against the view that interpersonal understanding involves a 'folk' or 'commonsense' psychology, a view which Ratcliffe suggests is a theoretically motivated abstraction. His alternative account draws on phenomenology, neuroscience and developmental psychology, exploring patterned interactions in shared social situations.


critique developmental psychology interaction neuroscience phenomenology psychology understanding

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2007
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Religion & Philosophy Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-28299-9
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-28700-6
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