Dr. Lucas Thorpe
Istanbul 34342, Turkey
Phone: (+90) 212 359 6558
Professor Daniel D. Hutto
Professor of Philosophical Psychology at Hertfordshire
"The Theory of Mind Debate: The Narrative Practice Hypothesis"
Friday May 27th 15.00-17.00
The Narrative Practice Hypothesis (NPH) is a recently conceived, late entrant into the contest of trying to understand the basis of our everyday capacity for supplying and digesting explanations in terms of reasons i.e. our folk psychological competence. It emphasizes the importance of structured, socio-culturally grounded practices such as storytelling in enabling and engendering this ability. This presentation introduces and situates this proposal, clarifying its core claims, demonstrating its wider interest and scientific plausibility. Central assumptions of its rival approaches are challenged, showing the ways in which the NPH is at odds with explanatory variants of Theory Theory (TT) and Simulation Theory (ST) and their hybrid combinations.
A copy of this paper can be found at:
Those interested in this topic might want to look at professor Huttos 2008 book:
Folk Psychological Narratives: The Sociocultural Basis of Understanding Reasons
And the following papers:
"Folk Psychology as Narrative Practice"
2009 Journal of Consciousness Studies. 16: 6-8, 9 39
"The Narrative Practice Hypothesis: Clarifications and Implications"
2008 Philosophical Explorations. 11:3, 175-191
"The Narrative Practice Hypothesis: Origins and Applications of Folk Psychology
Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement. 82: 60. (Also appearing in Narrative and Understanding Persons. Hutto, D. (ed). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 4368).
"Folk Psychology without Theory or Simulation"
2007 in Folk Psychology Reassessed Hutto, D. and Ratcliffe, M. (eds). Doredrecht: Springer. 115135
"The Limits of Spectatorial Folk Psychology"
2004 Mind and Language. 19:5. 54873.