Concerning knowledge of mental states.

  title={Concerning knowledge of mental states.},
  author={R. Peter Hobson},
  journal={The British journal of medical psychology},
  volume={63 ( Pt 3)},
How does a child acquire knowledge that other people are subjects of experience, and come to differentiate amongst mental states? In this paper I review some philosophical perspectives on these matters. In order to illustrate how the arguments have contemporary relevance, I criticize the 'theory of mind' approach currently favoured by many psychologists and point out certain implications for our view of early childhood autism.