The module will focus on questions concerning our knowledge and understanding of other minds, and the ways in which we explain the relationship between that and self- knowledge and self-understanding. It will draw on work in both philosophy and psychology, in particular developmental psychology.
The major aim will be to make progress with articulating and understanding an increasingly prevalent opposition between two approaches. On the one hand, arguably the traditional one, knowledge and understanding of other minds is based on observations of others. On the other hand, it is based on social interaction. The module will examine different ways of drawing the contrast, different implications for the link with self-knowledge, and the kinds of justification that might be given for the ‘social interaction’ approach.