In this seminar, which is taught in English, we will read recent texts from the vivid debate on social understanding, i.e. on topics related to the question how we understand each other. Human beings are importantly social beings and an adequate philosophical theory of the capacity to get access to other people's mental states must conform to the best evidence from developmental psychology and social neuroscience. The seminar will cover debates on a) social perception, b) the developmental paradox that young infants seem to have an implicit understanding of false beliefs but cannot express this explicitly until they are 5 years old, c) dual process theories of social cognition, and d) the role of social cognition in collective activities like joint actions.
The texts will be available for students in a moodle course from September.