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The idea that humans are by nature social and political animals can be traced back to Aristotle. More recently, it has also generated great interest and controversy in related disciplines such as anthropology, biology, psychology, neuroscience and even economics. What is it about humans that enabled them to construct a social reality of unrivalled complexity? Is there something distinctive about the human mind that explains how social lives are organised around conventions, norms, and institutions?
The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of the Social Mind is an outstanding reference source to the key topics and debates in this exciting subject and is the first collection of its kind. An international team of contributors present perspectives from diverse areas of research in philosophy, drawing on comparative and developmental psychology, evolutionary anthropology, cognitive neuroscience, and behavioural economics. The thirty-two original chapters are divided into five parts:
- The Evolution of Social Mind: including the social intelligence hypothesis, co- evolution of culture and cognition, ethnic cognition, cooperation;
- Developmental and Comparative Perspectives: including primate and infant understanding of mind, shared intentionality, and moral cognition;
- Mechanisms of the Moral Mind: including norm compliance, social emotion, and implicit attitudes;
- Naturalistic Approaches to Shared and Collective Intentionality: including joint action, team reasoning and group thinking, and social kinds;
- Social Forms of Selfhood and Mindedness: including moral identity, empathy and shared emotion, normativity and intentionality.
Essential reading for students and researchers in philosophy of mind and psychology, The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of the Social Mind is also suitable for those in related disciplines such as social psychology, cognitive neuroscience, economics and sociology.