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Joint Attention: Communication and Other Minds: Issues in Philosophy and Psychology - Consciousness & Self-Consciousness Series (Hardback)
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Joint Attention: Communication and Other Minds: Issues in Philosophy and Psychology - Consciousness & Self-Consciousness Series (Hardback)

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Hardback 344 Pages / Published: 03/03/2005
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Some time around their first birthday, children begin to engage in 'triadic' interactions, i.e. interactions with adults that turn specifically on both child and adult jointly attending to an object in their surroundings. Recognized as a developmental milestone amongst psychologists for some time, joint attention has recently also started to attract the attention of philosophers. This volume brings together, for the first time, psychological and philosophical perspectives on the nature and significance of joint attention. Original contributions by leading researchers in both disciplines explore the idea that joint attention has a key foundational role to play in the emergence of communicative abilities, psychological understanding, and, possibly, in the very capacity for objective thought.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199245642
Number of pages: 344
Weight: 657 g
Dimensions: 242 x 163 x 25 mm


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Although the methodological approaches that the volume brings together are widely various, its contributors have evidently learned a good deal from one another, and the result displays much more coherence than one might have expected from a book in which philosophy of various sorts shares space with primatology and with discussions of autism. This impressive coherence is heartening to the reader who has entertained fears about philosophy's ability to stay relevant when faced with psychology's unabating torrent of freshly gathered data. The volume provides every reason to suppose that joint attention is a topic on which philosophy and other disciplines can collaborate fruitfully. * Christopher Mole, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews *
The book's one paper with interdisciplinary authorship is a clear highlight - a provocative and sophisticated discussion of joint reminiscing by Christoph Hoerl and Teresa McCormack, both of whom are among the book's editors. Interdisciplinary work is rarely so well accomplished as theirs . . . neither the contributions individually, nor the book as a whole, depends on their interdisciplinarity for their interest. The philosophical reader will, in fact, find much to be interested by at those points where the various disciplines don't naturally converge. . . . Eilan and the editors with whom she has collaborated on this volume have achieved a work that advances our understanding of joint attention and of the several important phenomena in which it has a role * Christopher Mole, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews *

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