Two Problems of Intersubjectivity

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I propose a distinction between two closely related problems: the problem of social cognition and the problem of participatory sense-making. One problem focuses on how we understand others; the other problem focuses on how, with others, we make sense out of the world. Both understanding others and making sense out of the world involve social interaction. The importance of participatory sense-making is highlighted by reviewing some recent accounts of perception that are philosophically autistic -- i.e., accounts that ignore the involvement of others in our perception of the world.

Keywords: Intersubjectivity; participatory sense-making; perception; philosophical autism

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Philosophy and Cognitive Sciences, Institute of Simulation and Training, Univer-sity of Central Florida, Email:

Publication date: January 1, 2009

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