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The illusion of conscious will
Wegner (Wegner, D. (2002). The illusion of conscious will. MIT Press) argues that conscious will is an illusion, citing a wide range of empirical evidence. I shall begin by surveying some of hisExpand
The moral mind : How five sets of innate intuitions guide the development of many culture-specific virtues , and perhaps even modules
1 Introduction Morality is one of the few topics in academe endowed with its own protective spell. A biologist is not blinded by her biological nature to the workings of biology. An economist is notExpand
The Architecture of the Mind: Massive Modularity and the Flexibility of Thought
The Case for Massively Modular Models of Mind and the Architecture of Animal Minds and the Cognitive Basis of Science are presented. Expand
How we know our own minds: The relationship between mindreading and metacognition
  • P. Carruthers
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • 1 April 2009
Four different accounts of the relationship between third-person mindreading and first-person metacognition are compared and evaluated, and the “mindreading is prior” model is developed, showing how it predicts introspection for perceptual and quasi-perceptual mental events while claiming that metacognitive access to the authors' own attitudes always results from swift unconscious self-interpretation. Expand
The cognitive functions of language
  • P. Carruthers
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • 1 December 2002
The idea is proposed that natural language is the medium for non-domain-specific thinking, serving to integrate the outputs of a variety of domain-specific conceptual faculties (or central-cognitive “quasi-modules”). Expand
Meta-cognition in Animals: A Skeptical Look
This paper examines the recent literature on meta-cognitive processes in non-human animals, arguing that in each case the data admit of a simpler, purely first-order, explanation. The topicsExpand
The Opacity of Mind: An Integrative Theory of Self-Knowledge
List of Figures and Tables Preface Acknowledgements 1. Introduction 2. The Mental Transparency Assumption 3. The ISA Theory: Foundations and Elaborations 4. Transparent Sensory Access to Attitudes?Expand
Phenomenal Consciousness: A Naturalistic Theory
1. Assumptions, distinctions, and a map 2. Perspectival, subjective, and worldly facts 3. Explanatory gaps and qualia 4. Naturalisation and narrow content 5. First-order representationalism 6.Expand
Language, Thought and Consciousness: An Essay in Philosophical Psychology
Preface Introduction 1. The geography of the issues 2. Which language do we think with? 3. Thought-based semantics 4. Holism and language 5. First steps towards a theory of consciousness 6. SecondExpand
Mindreading in Infancy
Various dichotomies have been proposed to characterize the nature and development of human mindreading capacities, especially in light of recent evidence of mindreading in infants aged 7 to 18Expand