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Embodiment, Enaction, and CultureInvestigating the Constitution of the Shared World$
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Christoph Durt, Thomas Fuchs, and Christian Tewes

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262035552

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262035552.001.0001

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The Significance and Meaning of Others

The Significance and Meaning of Others

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(p.217) 11 The Significance and Meaning of Others
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Embodiment, Enaction, and Culture
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Shaun Gallagher

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262035552.003.0012

I argue that the distinction between significance and meaning made in debates about the nature of interpretation in hermeneutics is relevant to contemporary discussions of social cognition. In this chapter, I review the debates about interpretation focusing on Gadamer’s hermeneutics. Then, within the framework of a pluralist approach to social cognition, I discuss some problems with mindreading approaches that attempt to get to the “inner” meaning of the other. I defend a Gadamerian view of social cognition that models our encounter with others as dialogical interaction and the emergence of significance.

Keywords:   social cognition, hermeneutics, Gadamer, Hirsch, significance, meaning

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