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The narrative practice hypothesis: clarifications and implications

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  • D. Hutto
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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-192
JournalPhilosophical Explorations
Publication statusPublished - 2008


The Narrative Practice Hypothesis (NPH) is a recently conceived, late entrant into the contest of trying to understand the basis of our mature folk psychological abilities, those involving our capacity to explain ourselves and comprehend others in terms of reasons. This paper aims to clarify its content, importance and scientific plausibility by: distinguishing its conceptual features from those of its rivals, articulating its philosophical significance, and commenting on its empirical prospects. I begin by clarifying the NPH's target explanandum and the challenge it presents to theory theory (TT), simulation theory (ST) and hybrid combinations of these theories. The NPH competes with them directly for the same explanatory space insofar as these theories purport to explain the core structural basis of our folk psychological (FP)-competence (those of the sort famously but not exclusively deployed in acts of third-personal mindreading).


Original article can be found at: Copyright Informa / Taylor and Francis. DOI: 10.1080/13869790802245679 [Full text of this article is not available in the UHRA]

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