@misc{cogprints1193, editor = {Peter Carruthers and Peter K Smith}, title = {Autism as mindblindness: an elaboration and partial defence}, author = {Peter Carruthers}, publisher = {Cambridge University Press}, year = {1996}, pages = {257--276}, journal = {Theories of theories of mind}, keywords = {autism, mind-blindness, executive function, self-knowledge, pretend play}, url = {http://cogprints.org/1193/}, abstract = {In this chapter I defend the mind-blindness theory of autism, by showing how it can accommodate data which might otherwise appear problematic for it. Specifically, I show how it can explain the fact that autistic children rarely engage in spontaneous pretend-play, and also how it can explain the executive-function deficits which are characteristic of the syndrome. I do this by emphasising what I take to be an entailment of the mind-blindness theory, that autistic subjects have difficulties of access to their own mental states, as well as to the mental states of other people.} }