Alvin I. Goldman

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingForeword/postscript


This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book's main themes. This book is a collection of the so-called joint ventures of cognitive science and philosophy. The first part focuses on the understanding of mental states and the theory of mind; the second part talks about empathy, which highlights the simulation theory, and embodied cognition; and the third part discusses the interrelationship between cognitive science and philosophy, particularly metaphysics. The book's title, Joint Ventures, hints at its integrative nature; it also points out to the simulation theory which explains that mindreading in itself is a matter of joint venture. Overall, the book strives to make a compromise between the need for scientific evidence and philosophical theories.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationJoint Ventures
Subtitle of host publicationMindreading, Mirroring, and Embodied Cognition
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780190267674
ISBN (Print)9780199874187
StatePublished - Sep 12 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


  • Cognitive science
  • Embodied cognition
  • Empathy
  • Mental states
  • Metaphysics
  • Mindreading
  • Philosophy of mind
  • Simulation theory
  • Theory of mind

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