Situational Understanding: A Gurwitschian Critique of Theory of Mind

  • Shaun Gallagher
Part of the Contributions to Phenomenology book series (CTPH, volume 52)

Gurwitsch’s account of how we encounter others provides a corrective contrast to contemporary approaches to social cognition. His analysis is based on phenomenology, but also appeals to psychology and studies of pathology. As such, it shows how there can be phenomenological intervention in the cognitive sciences. This chapter relates Gurwitsch’s analysis to contemporary discussions of theory of mind, primary intersubjectivity, and recent discoveries in neuroscience.


Social Cognition Mirror Neuron Experimental Child Psychology Simulation Theory Surrounding World 
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© Springer 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Shaun Gallagher
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  1. 1.University of Central FloridaUSA

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