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Workshop on ‘Metarepresentation, Communication and Culture’

What makes humans capable of culture? The most common answer is language. Another answer much discussed in the past twenty years is the ability to attribute mental states to others. Both language use and mindreading presuppose a more abstract ability, that of constructing and using higher order representations of representations, or ‘metarepresentations’. Metarepresentations play a role not only in linguistic communication and in mindreading but also, inter alia, in epistemic trust and distrust, in reasoning and argumentation, in folk and scientific theorizing, in pedagogy, in norms, and in institutions. The workshop will focus on some of these less studied contributions of human metarepresentational abilities to human communication and culture.

Time and place: Jun 17, 2009 09:00 am to Jun 18, 2008 01:00 pm, Seminarrom 454, P.A. Munchs hus, Oslo

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Participants at this workshop on the development of metarepresentations and their role in communication and culture will be Nicolas Baumard, Christophe Heintz, Olivier Mascaro, Hugo Mercier, Olivier Morin, Fabrice Clement, Maurice Bloch, Thom Scott-Phillips and Dan Sperber.


Deirdre Wilson, Dan Sperber and Robyn Carston