Understanding the Representational Mind


Introducing basic distinctions in philosophy of mind for characterizing the mental, Perner discusses differences in how commonsense and cognitive psychology view the mind. He traces the onset of a commonsense psychology in the social and emotional awareness of early infancy, revealing how the child begins to take a cognitive, representational view of the mind with repercussions for children's episodic memory, self-control, and their ability to engage in deception.

Table of Contents

  1. Series Foreword
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. 1. Introduction: Mind x Representation
  4. 2. The Concept Representation
  5. 3. Toward the Representational Mind
  6. 4. Understanding Representations and Appearances
  7. 5. Characterizing the Mental
  8. 6. Early Understandings: Emotion and Seeing
  9. 7. Acquiring a Theory of Knowledge
  10. 8. Understanding Thinking and Belief
  11. 9. Understanding Desire and Gaining Self-Control
  12. 10. Representational Change and Theory Change
  13. 11. Origins of Commonsense Psychology
  14. Notes to Chapters
  15. Bibliography
  16. Index