Centre for Languages and Literature

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University

Selected Publications

The Shared Mind

The Shared Mind

Jordan Zlatev, Chris Sinha, Timothy P. Racine, Esa Itkonen

John Benjamins Publishing Company
The Shared Mind

The cognitive and language sciences are increasingly oriented towards the social dimension of human cognition and communication. The hitherto dominant approach
 in modern cognitive science has viewed “social cognition” through the prism of the traditional philosophical puzzle of how individuals solve the problem of understanding Other Minds.
The Shared Mind challenges the conventional “theory of mind” approach, proposing that the human mind is fundamentally based on intersubjectivity: the sharing of affective, conative, intentional and cognitive states and processes between a plurality of subjects. The socially shared, intersubjective foundation of the human mind is manifest in the structure of early interaction and communication, imitation, gestural communication and the normative and argumentative nature of language. In this path breaking volume, leading researchers from psychology, linguistics, philosophy and primatology offer complementary perspectives on the  role of intersubjectivity in the context of human development, comparative cognition and evolution, and language and linguistic theory.