On the nature and role of intersubjectivity in communication

Tirassa, Maurizio and Bosco, Francesca M. (2008) On the nature and role of intersubjectivity in communication. [Book Chapter]

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We outline a theory of human agency and communication and discuss the role that the capability to share (that is, intersubjectivity) plays in it. All the notions discussed are cast in a mentalistic and radically constructivist framework. We also introduce and discuss the relevant literature.

Item Type:Book Chapter
Keywords:Intersubjectivity; Communication; Conversation; Dialogue; Language; Pragmatics; Meaning; Mindreading; Sharedness; Common knowledge; Intentionality; Collective intentionality; Theory of mind; Constructivism; Consciousness; Intentionality; Situated cognition; Agency; Phenomenology
Subjects:Biology > Primatology
Psychology > Evolutionary Psychology
Psychology > Developmental Psychology
Philosophy > Philosophy of Mind
Neuroscience > Neurolinguistics
Psychology > Cognitive Psychology
Philosophy > Philosophy of Language
Philosophy > Epistemology
Psychology > Psychobiology
Neuroscience > Neuropsychology
Psychology > Psycholinguistics
Biology > Evolution
Linguistics > Pragmatics
Psychology > Social Psychology
Psychology > Clinical Psychology
Psychology > Comparative Psychology
ID Code:6159
Deposited By: Tirassa, Prof. Maurizio
Deposited On:10 Aug 2008 08:56
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:57

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