Re: [xmca] XM, C's and H's

From: Andy Blunden <ablunden who-is-at>
Date: Mon Dec 15 2008 - 17:51:40 PST

Derek, I should sleep some more, and then maybe I'd remember
not only how to spell an author's name, but also which
author I was reading! My apologies. I will continue trying
to discover in which book I found this interesing argument.

But in the meantime, I was not absolutely completely
deceiving you in that Tomasello has an extended argument
about what he calls "Gricean Communicative intention," the
drift of which is that you can only make sense of people's
speech and actions on the basis that the speaker assumes
that the listener knows what the speaker's intention is, and
that the speaker knows that the listener knows that the
speaker knows that the listener knows the speaker's
intention, and so on ad infinitum. In my words a rational
knowledge of "folk psychology" is presupposed in
communicative action.


Derek Melser wrote:
> Andy,
> I was looking up Tomasello's 'Origins of Human Communication' on google
> books -- as you were writing this last email of yours, as it happens --
> hoping to browse the bit on folk psychology, but it assures me there is
> no reference to 'folk psychology' in the entire book. How can this be???
> DM
> 2008/12/16 Andy Blunden < <>>
> Oops, I meant Michael Tomasello. (I realised this while asleep last
> night! Isn't that weird?)
> Andy
> Andy Blunden wrote:
> Michael Thomasino has a nice bit about "folk psychology" in his
> "Origins of Human Communication" where he points out that folk
> psychology exists as a real force in human life and goes from
> there into a very interesting argument. You should have a look
> at it.
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