Normative Folk Psychology

October 26, 2017 - October 27, 2017
Department of Philosophy, York University

421 Ross S
4700 Keele St.
Toronto M3J1P3

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Main speakers:

Kristin Andrews
York University
Ludwig Maximilians Universität, München
Heidi Maibom
University of Cincinnati
Raymond Marr
York University
Victoria McGeer
Princeton University/ANU
Oklahoma State University
Evan Westra
University of Rochester
Tad Zawidzki
George Washington University


Kristin Andrews
York University

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Normative Folk Psychology Workshop

York University, October 26-27 2017

Thursday October 26

10:00 Victoria McGeer (Princeton, ANU Philosophy)

Scaffolding Folk-Psychology

11:20 Tad Zawidzki (George Washington University, Philosophy)

A New Perspective on the Relationship between Metacognition and Social Cognition

12:40 Lunch

2:00 Raymond Marr (York, Psychology)

How to Evaluate Whether Narrative Fiction Might Promote Social Cognition

3:20 Coffee Break

3:40 Heidi Maibom (Cincinnati, Philosophy)

Normativity in Perspective Taking

Friday October 27

10:00 Kristin Andrews (York, Philosophy)

Naïve Normativity in Children and Other Great Apes

11:20 Joe Dewhurst and Chris Burr (Edinburgh, Philosophy)

Normative Folk Psychology and Decision Theory

12:40-2:00 lunch

2:00 Shannon Spaulding (Oklahoma, Philosophy)

Stereotypes in Folk Psychology

3:40 Evan Westra (Rochester, Philosophy)

Character and Theory of Mind


Registration is Free but please RSVP at [email protected]

This workshop is generously supported by York University’s Department of Philosophy, The Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, and the York Research Chair program.

According to causal models of folk psychology, humans understand others by attributing to them beliefs and desires that cause behavior.Normative accounts of folk psychology seek to ground our social competences in cultural expectations rather than in mechanistic causal models of individuals. This interdisciplinary workshop will explore the idea that normative reasoning in terms of social structures, identities, cultures, relationships, bodies, etc. and practices such as coordinating, explaining, and justifying behavior are essential to human social understanding.

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