Getting over “the problem of other minds”: communication in context

Alan Costall, I. Leudar

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Theories of communication often assume that communication has a single, essential form or telos, the culmination of a one-track developmental process where precursors eventually give rise to the real thing. At one time, this essence of communication was identified with linguistic competence, whereas now it is largely defined in terms of “Theory of Mind.” But the fundamental problem with “Theory of Mind” is the very problem it pretends to solve: “the problem of other minds.” That problem, as formulated, is insoluble, even with the aid of theory or innate modules. In this article, we reject the superficial depth psychology of “Theory of Mind” in favour of a breadth psychology based on context.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-295
Number of pages7
JournalInfant Behavior and Development
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 2007


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