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Rethinking Folk Psychology

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Science  02 May 2008:
Vol. 320, Issue 5876, pp. 615
DOI: 10.1126/science.1157120

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Folk Psychological Narratives. The Sociocultural Basis of Understanding Reasons. By Daniel D. Hutto. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2008. 367 pp. $38, £24.95. ISBN 9780262083676.

The author argues for a "narrative practice" alternative to "theory of mind" explanations of the human capacity for understanding other persons in terms of their beliefs and desires.