TY - GEN ID - cogprints1193 UR - http://cogprints.org/1193/ A1 - Carruthers, Peter Y1 - 1996/// N2 - 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. PB - Cambridge University Press KW - autism KW - mind-blindness KW - executive function KW - self-knowledge KW - pretend play TI - Autism as mindblindness: an elaboration and partial defence SP - 257 AV - public EP - 276 ER -