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5.3. The Problem of Other Minds (The Problem of Other Minds on PhilPapers)

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Allen, A. H. B. (1952). Other minds. Mind 61 (243):328-348.   (Google | More links)
Andrews, Kristin (2000). Our understanding of other minds: Theory of mind and the intentional stance. Journal of Consciousness Studies 7 (7):12-24.   (Cited by 1 | Google | More links)
Abstract: Psychologists distinguish between intentional systems which have beliefs and those which are also able to attribute beliefs to others. The ability to do the latter is called having a `theory of mind', and many cognitive ethologists are hoping to find evidence for this ability in animal behaviour. I argue that Dennett's theory entails that any intentional system that interacts with another intentional system (such as vervet monkeys and chess-playing computers) has a theory of mind, which would make the distinction all but meaningless. This entailment should not be accepted; instead, Dennett's position that intentional behaviour is best predictable via the intentional stance should be rejected in favour of a pluralistic view of behaviour prediction. I introduce an additional method which humans often use to predict intentional and non-intentional behaviour, which could be called the inductive stance.
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Abstract: What is the relation between emotional experience and its behavioural expression? As very preliminary clarification, I mean by ‘emotional experience’ such things as the subjective feeling of being afraid of something, or of being angry at someone. On the side of behavioural expression, I focus on such things as cowering in fear, or shaking a fist or thumping the table in anger. Very crudely, this is behaviour intermediate between the bodily changes which just happen in emotional arousal, such as sweating or the secretion of adrenalin, and reasoned actions done ‘out of an emotion’, such as breathing deeply to clam down, or writing a letter of complaint, for which a standard rationalizing explanation can be given.1 I pursue the relation between this experience and expression in a somewhat roundabout manner. First, I note an analogy between a problem of other minds, and Berkeley’s (1975) challenge to Locke’s (1975) realism. Second, I sketch what I regard as the correct strategy for meeting this challenge. Third, I develop and defend a parallel response to the problem of other minds, as this applies to certain basic directed emotions. This yields the following answer to my opening question. Reference to the appropriate expressive behaviour is essential to the identification of the way in which various emotional experiences present their worldly objects
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Abstract: Phenomenology and logical positivism both subscribed to an empirical-verifiability criterion of mental or linguistic meaning. The acceptance of this criterion confronted them with the same problem: how to understand the Other as a subject with his own experience, if the existence and nature of the Other's experiences cannot be verified. Husserl tackled this problem in the Cartesian Meditations, but he could not reconcile the verifiability criterion with understanding the Other's feelings and sensations. Carnap's solution was to embrace behaviorism and eliminate the idea of private sensations, but behaviorism has well-known difficulties. Heidegger broke this impasse by suggesting that each person's being included being-with, an innate capacity for understanding the Other. To be human is to be "hard-wired" to make sense of the Other without having to verify the Other's private sensations. I suggest that being-with emerged from an evolutionary imperative for conspecific animals to recognize each other and to coordinate their activities. Wittgenstein also rejected the verifiability criterion. He theorized that the meaning of a term is its usage and that terms about private sensations were meaningful because they have functions in our language-games. For example, "I'm in pain," like a cry of pain, functions to get the attention of others and motivate others to help. Wittgenstein's theory shows how Dasein's being-with includes "primitive" adaptive behavior such as cries, smiles, and threatening or playful gesture. As Dasein is acculturated, these behaviors are partially superseded by functionally equivalent linguistic expressions.
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Abstract:   Self-knowledge seems to be radically different from the knowledge of other people. However, rather than focusing on the gap between self and others, we should emphasize their commonality. Indeed, different mirror matching mechanisms have been found in monkeys as well as in humans showing that one uses the same representations for oneself and for the others. But do these shared representations allow one to report the mental states of others as if they were one''s own? I intend in this essay to address the epistemic problem of other minds by developing Ayer''s notion of co-consciousness
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Abstract: In this paper I discuss Searle's claim that the computational properties of a system could never cause a system to be conscious. In the first section of the paper I argue that Searle is correct that, even if a system both behaves in a way that is characteristic of conscious agents (like ourselves) and has a computational structure similar to those agents, one cannot be certain that that system is conscious. On the other hand, I suggest that Searle's intuition that it is “empirically absurd” that such a system could be conscious is unfounded. In the second section I show that Searle's attempt to show that a system's computational states could not possibly cause it to be conscious is based upon an erroneous distinction between computational and physical properties. On the basis of these two arguments, I conclude that, supposing that the behavior of conscious agents can be explained in terms of their computational properties, we have good reason to suppose that a system having computational properties similar to such agents is also conscious
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Abstract: On Being With Others is an outstanding and compelling work that uncovers one of the key questions in philosophy: how can we claim to have knowledge of minds other than our own? Simon Glendinning's fascinating analysis of this problem argues that it has polarized debate to such an extent that we do not know how to meet Wittgenstein's famous challenge that "to see the behavior of a living thing is to see its soul". This book sets out to discover whether Wittgenstein's remark can be justified by drawing on both the analytic and continental traditions
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Abstract: John McDowell’s original motivation of disjunctivism occurs in the context of a problem regarding other minds. Recent commentators have insisted that McDowell’s disjunctivism should be classed as an epistemological disjunctivism about epistemic warrant, and distinguished from the perceptual disjunctivism of Hinton, Snowdon and others. In this paper I investigate the relation between the problem of other minds and disjunctivism, and raise some questions for this interpretation of McDowell.
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Abstract: Abstract: One oft-cited feature of speech acts is their expressive character: Assertion expresses belief, apology regret, promise intention. Yet expression, or at least sincere expression, is as I argue a form of showing: A sincere expression shows whatever is the state that is the sincerity condition of the expressive act. How, then, can a speech act show a speaker's state of thought or feeling? To answer this question I consider three varieties of showing, and argue that only one of them is suited to help us answer our question. I also argue that concepts from the evolutionary biology of communication provide one source of insight into how speech acts enable one to show, and thereby express, a psychological state
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Abstract: Explaining the mind by building machines with minds runs into the other-minds problem: How can we tell whether any body other than our own has a mind when the only way to know is by being the other body? In practice we all use some form of Turing Test: If it can do everything a body with a mind can do such that we can't tell them apart, we have no basis for doubting it has a mind. But what is "everything" a body with a mind can do? Turing's original "pen-pal" version (the TT) only tested linguistic capacity, but Searle has shown that a mindless symbol-manipulator could pass the TT undetected. The Total Turing Test (TTT) calls for all of our linguistic and robotic capacities; immune to Searle's argument, it suggests how to ground a symbol manipulating system in the capacity to pick out the objects its symbols refer to. No Turing Test, however, can guarantee that a body has a mind. Worse, nothing in the explanation of its successful performance requires a model to have a mind at all. Minds are hence very different from the unobservables of physics (e.g., superstrings); and Turing Testing, though essential for machine-modeling the mind, can really only yield an explanation of the body
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Abstract: Alec Hyslop defends a (modified) version of the traditional analogical inference to other minds and rejects alternatives, but only after subjecting each of...
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Abstract: In this paper, the problem of correct ascriptions of consciousness to patients in neurological intensive care medicine is explored as a special case of the general philosophical other minds problem. It is argued that although clinical ascriptions of consciousness and coma are mostly based on behavioral evidence, a behaviorist epistemology of other minds is not likely to succeed. To illustrate this, the so-called total locked-in syndrome, in which preserved consciousness is combined with a total loss of motor abilities due to a lower ventral brain stem lesion, is presented as a touchstone for behaviorism. It is argued that this example of consciousness without behavioral expression does not disprove behaviorism specifically, but rather illustrates the need for a non-verificationist theory of other minds. It is further argued that a folk version of such a theory already underlies our factual ascriptions of consciousness in clinical contexts. Finally, a non-behaviorist theory of other minds for patients with total locked-in syndrome is outlined
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Abstract: Intersubjectivity, the cooperation of two or more minds, is basic to human behavior, yet eludes the grasp of psychiatry. This paper traces the dilemma to the problem of other minds assumed with the epistemologies of modern science. It presents the solution of Wittgenstein's later philosophy, known for his treatment of other minds in terms of human agreement in language.Unlike recent studies of Wittgenstein's psychology, this one reviews the Philosophical Investigations' private language argument, the crux of his mature views on mind. It reads that argument as recording his shift from the modern egocentric paradigm of mind to an intersubjective one
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5.3a Analogy and Other Minds

Alexander, Peter (1950). Other people's experiences. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 51:25-46.   (Google)
Ameriks, Karl (1973). Plantinga and other minds. Southern Journal of Philosophy 16:285-91.   (Cited by 1 | Google)
Aune, Bruce (1961). The problem of other minds. Philosophical Review 70 (July):320-339.   (Cited by 3 | Google | More links)
Belford, Jules (1972). A note on Hampshire's analogy. Mind 81 (October):600.   (Google | More links)
Budlong, Theodore W. (1975). Analogy, induction and other minds. Analysis 35 (January):111-112.   (Google)
Castaneda, Hector-Neri (1962). Criteria, analogy, and knowledge of other minds. Journal of Philosophy 59 (September):533-546.   (Cited by 2 | Google | More links)
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Frankel, Melissa (2009). Something-we-know-not-what, something-we-know-not-why: Berkeley, meaning and minds. Philosophia 37 (3).   (Google)
Abstract: It is sometimes suggested that Berkeley adheres to an empirical criterion of meaning, on which a term is meaningful just in case it signifies an idea (i.e., an immediate object of perceptual experience). This criterion is thought to underlie his rejection of the term ‘matter’ as meaningless. As is well known, Berkeley thinks that it is impossible to perceive matter. If one cannot perceive matter, then, per Berkeley, one can have no idea of it; if one can have no idea of it, then one cannot speak meaningfully of it. But if this is Berkeley’s position, then there is a puzzle, because Berkeley also explicitly claims that it is impossible to perceive/have ideas of minds. So if he is relying on a criterion on which terms get their meaning by referring to ideas, then, just as Berkeley rejects talk of material substance, so, too, must he reject talk of mental substance. Famously, however, Berkeley insists that there is no parity between the cases of material and mental substance. It is typically suggested that the disparity between matter and minds rests on the fact that although one cannot strictly speaking perceive minds, nonetheless Berkeley thinks that one can have experiential access to minds via reflection, and that this access allows for meaningful talk of minds. Of course, one can only have reflective experience of one’s own mind. But what of other minds, which one cannot reflectively experience? Here the usual tactic is to suppose that, although one cannot have direct reflective experience of other minds, nonetheless one can indirectly experience such minds via analogy to our own minds, and that this indirect experience grounds the meaningfulness of talk of other minds. In this paper, I argue that the reasoning behind Berkeley’s ‘likeness principle,’ that an idea can only be like another idea, can be generalized to argue against this experience-based account of our access to other minds. I claim instead that Berkeley allows for the meaningfulness of talk of other minds by expanding the criterion of meaning in a different way. I argue that Berkeley holds a criterion of meaning on which a term is meaningful just in case it signifies either an object of experience or an object that one has reason to posit on the basis of experience, i.e., an object that is necessary to explain our experiences. When an object is neither experienced nor explains our experiences, then and only then is Berkeley willing to reject it as meaningless. Thus he writes of “the word matter,” that “it is no matter whether there is such a thing or no, since it no way concerns us: and I do not see the advantage there is in disputing about we know not what, and we know not why” (Principles, §77.) The word is not meaningless merely because we do not know what matter might be; it is meaningless because we also do not know why it should be. Correspondingly, I argue that the term ‘mind’ is meaningful because although we have no experience of minds, nonetheless they play an important role in explaining our experiences
Gotlind, Erik (1954). Mr Hampshire on the analogy of feeling. Mind 63 (October):519-524.   (Google | More links)
Hampshire, Stuart N. (1952). The analogy of feeling. Mind 61 (January):1-12.   (Cited by 5 | Google | More links)
Hyslop, Alec & Jackson, Frank (1972). The analogical inference to other minds. American Philosophical Quarterly 9 (June):168-76.   (Cited by 8 | Google)
Locke, Don (1973). Just what is wrong with the argument from analogy? Australasian Journal of Philosophy 51 (August):153-56.   (Google | More links)
Meiland, J. W. (1966). Analogy, verification, and other minds. Mind 75 (October):564-568.   (Google | More links)
Olshewsky, Thomas M. (1974). The analogical argument for knowledge of other minds reconsidered. American Philosophical Quarterly 11 (January):63-69.   (Google)
Prior, Stephen & Rosenmeier, Henrik (1979). Other minds and the argument from. Philosophical Investigations 2:12-33.   (Google)
Prior, Stephen & Rosenmeier, Henrik (1979). Other minds and the arment from analogy. Philosophical Investigations 2:12-33.   (Google)
Sayward, Charles (2003). A defense of mill on other minds. Dialectica 57 (3):315–322.   (Google | More links)
Abstract: This paper seeks to explain why the argument from analogy seems strong to an analogist such as Mill and weak to the skeptic. The inference from observed behavior to the existence of feelings, sensations, etc., in other subjects is justified, but its justification depends on taking observed behavior and feelings, sensations, and so on, to be not merely correlated, but connected. It is claimed that this is what Mill had in mind.
Sikora, Richard I. (1977). The argument from analogy is not an argument for other mnds. American Philosophical Quarterly 14 (April):137-41.   (Google)
Thomson, James F. (1951). The argument from analogy and the problem of other minds. Mind 60:336-50.   (Google)
Wollheim, Richard (1952). Hampshire's analogy. Mind 61 (October):567-573.   (Google | More links)

5.3b Abduction and Other Minds

Hyslop, Alec (1976). Other minds as theoretical entities. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 54 (August):158-61.   (Cited by 1 | Google | More links)
Melnyk, Andrew (1994). Inference to the best explanation and other minds. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 72 (4):482-91.   (Cited by 1 | Google | More links)
Ostein, P. A. (1974). God, other minds, and the inference to the best explanation. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 4:149-62.   (Google)
Pargetter, Robert (1984). The scientific inference to other minds. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 62 (June):158-63.   (Cited by 6 | Google | More links)
Stemmer, Nathan (1987). The hypothesis of other minds: Is it the best explanation? Philosophical Studies 51 (January):109-121.   (Cited by 5 | Google | More links)

5.3c Criteria and Other Minds

Allen-Hermanson, Sean (2008). Insects and the problem of simple minds: Are bees natural zombies? Journal of Philosophy 105 (8).   (Google | More links)
Arrington, Robert L. (1979). Criteria and entailment. Ratio 21 (June):62-72.   (Cited by 1 | Google)
Castaneda, Hector-Neri (1962). Criteria, analogy, and knowledge of other minds. Journal of Philosophy 59 (September):533-546.   (Cited by 2 | Google | More links)
Hall, Harrison B. (1976). Criteria, perception and other minds. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 6 (June):257-274.   (Google)
Hyslop, Alec (1973). Criteria and other minds. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 51 (August):105-14.   (Cited by 1 | Google | More links)
Malcolm, Norman (1958). Knowledge of other minds. Journal of Philosophy 55 (September):35-52.   (Cited by 22 | Google | More links)
Sayward, Charles (2004). Malcolm on criteria. Behavior and Philosophy 32 (2):349-358.   (Google)
Temkin, J. (1990). Wittgenstein on criteria and other minds. Southern Journal of Philosophy 28:561-93.   (Google)

5.3d Direct Knowledge and Other Minds

Duddington, Nathalie A. (1921). Do we know other minds mediately or immediately? Mind 30 (118):195-197.   (Google | More links)
Gomes, Anil (2009). Other minds and perceived identity. Dialectica 63 (2):219-230.   (Google | More links)
Abstract: Quassim Cassam has recently defended a perceptual model of knowledge of other minds: one on which we can see and thereby know that another thinks and feels. In the course of defending this model, he addresses issues about our ability to think about other minds. I argue that his solution to this 'conceptual problem' does not work. A solution to the conceptual problem is necessary if we wish to explain knowledge of other minds
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Abstract: Mitchell S. Green presents a systematic philosophical study of self-expression - a pervasive phenomenon of the everyday life of humans and other species, which has received scant attention in its own right. He explores the ways in which self-expression reveals our states of thought, feeling, and experience, and he defends striking new theses concerning a wide range of fascinating topics: our ability to perceive emotion in others, artistic expression, empathy, expressive language, meaning, facial expression, and speech acts. He draws on insights from evolutionary game theory, ethology, the philosophy of language, social psychology, pragmatics, aesthetics, and neuroscience to present a stimulating and accessible interdisciplinary work
Malmgren, Helge (1976). Immediate knowledge of other minds. Theoria 42:189-205.   (Cited by 1 | Google)
McNeill, William E. S. (forthcoming). On Seeing That Someone is Angry. European Journal of Philosophy.   (Google | More links)
Abstract: Some propose that the question of how you know that James is angry can be adequately answered with the claim that you see that James is angry. Call this the Perceptual Hypothesis. Here, I examine that hypothesis.

I argue that there are two different ways in which the Perceptual Hypothesis could be made true. You might see that James is angry by seeing his bodily features. Alternatively, you might see that James is angry by seeing his anger. If you see that James is angry in the first way, your knowledge is inferential. If you see that James is angry in the second way, your knowledge is not inferential. These are different ways of knowing that James is angry. So the Perceptual Hypothesis alone does not adequately answer the question of how you know that fact. To ascertain how you know it, we need to decide whether or not you saw his anger.

This is an epistemological argument. But it has consequences for a theory of perception. It implies that there is a determinate fact about which features of an object you see. This fact is made true independently of what you come to know by seeing.

In the final section of the paper, I seek to undermine various ways in which the claim that you see James’ anger may be thought implausible.
Smith, Joel (forthcoming). Seeing Other People. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research.   (Google)
Abstract: I present a perceptual account of other minds that combines a Husserlian insight about perceptual experience with a functionalist account of mental properties.
Wikforss, Asa Maria (2004). Direct knowledge and other minds. Theoria 70 (2-3):271-293.   (Google | More links)
Zahavi, Dan (2008). Simulation, projection and empathy. Consciousness and Cognition 17 (2):514-522.   (Google)
Abstract: Simulationists have recently started to employ the term "empathy" when characterizing our most basic understanding of other minds. I agree that empathy is crucial, but I think it is being misconstrued by the simulationists. Using some ideas to be found in Scheler's classical discussion of empathy, I will argue for a different understanding of the notion. More specifically, I will argue that there are basic levels of interpersonal understanding - in particular the understanding of emotional expressions - that are not explicable in terms of simulation-plus-projection routines

5.3e Induction and Other Minds

Andrews, Kristin (2000). Our understanding of other minds: theory of mind and the intentional stance. Journal of Consciousness Studies 7 (7):12-24.   (Google)
Abstract: Psychologists distinguish between intentional systems which have beliefs and those which are also able to attribute beliefs to others. The ability to do the latter is called having a 'theory of mind', and many cognitive ethologists are hoping to find evidence for this ability in animal behaviour. I argue that Dennett's theory entails that any intentional system that interacts with another intentional system (such as vervet monkeys and chess-playing computers) has a theory of mind, which would make the distinction all but meaningless. This entailment should not be accepted; instead, Dennett's position that intentional behaviour is best predictable via the intentional stance should be rejected in favour of a pluralistic view of behaviour prediction. I introduce an additional method which humans often use to predict intentional and non-intentional behaviour, which could be called the inductive stance.
Ayer, A. J. (1953). One's knowledge of other minds. Theoria 13 (September):35-52.   (Cited by 3 | Google)
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Gellman, Jerome I. (1974). Inductive evidence for other minds. Philosophical Studies 25 (July):323-336.   (Cited by 1 | Google | More links)
Plantinga, Alvin (1966). Induction and other minds. Review of Metaphysics 19 (March):441-61.   (Google)
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Schlesinger, George N. (1974). Induction and other minds. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 52 (May):3-21.   (Google | More links)
Slote, Michael A. (1966). Induction and other minds. Review of Metaphysics 20 (December):341-60.   (Google)

5.3f Other Minds, Misc

Allen-Hermanson, Sean (2010). Blindsight in Monkeys: Lost and (perhaps) found. Journal of Consciousness Studies 17 (1-2).   (Google)
Abstract: Stoerig and Cowey’s work is widely regarded as showing that monkeys with lesions in the primary visual cortex have blindsight. However, Mole and Kelly persuasively argue that the experimental results are compatible with an alternative hypothesis positing only a deficit in attention and perceptual working memory. I describe a revised procedure which can distinguish these hypotheses, and offer reasons for thinking that the blindsight hypothesis provides a superior explanation. The study of blindsight might contribute towards a general investigation into animal consciousness, though there is a problem when it comes to showing how a non-verbal animal can indicate whether or not it is perceiving consciously. Perhaps whether there is something that it is like to be a given animal depends on whether it exhibits the cognitive profile of conscious vision as opposed to non-conscious “natural blindsight.”
Aune, Bruce (1963). On thought and feeling. Philosophical Quarterly 13 (January):1-12.   (Google | More links)
Cook, John R. (2009). Mindblindness and Radical Interpretation in Davidson. Analecta Hermeneutica 1:15-34.   (Google)
Abstract: This paper reviews some of the arguments put forward by some psychologists in which they come to the conclusion that autistic individuals suffer from mindblindness, and also looks at one particular implication these sorts of individuals pose for Donald Davidson’s theory of radical interpretation. It has been claimed that a particular manifestation of mindblindness in autistic people serves as a counter example to claims Davidson has made about the relation between belief and intention in linguistic competence.
Ellis, Brian (1976). Avowals are more corrigible than you think. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 55 (August):201-5.   (Cited by 1 | Google | More links)
Harnad, Stevan (1984). Verifying machines' minds. Contemporary Psychology 29:389 - 391.   (Google)
Abstract: he question of the possibility of artificial consciousness is both very new and very old. It is new in the context of contemporary cognitive science and its concern with whether a machine can be conscious; it is old in the form of the mind/body problem and the "other minds" problem of philosophy. Contemporary enthusiasts proceed at their peril if they ignore or are ignorant of the false starts and blind alleys that the older thinkers have painfully worked through
Reynolds, Jack (2010). Problems of other minds: Solutions and dissolutions in analytic and continental philosophy. Philosophy Compass 5 (4):326-335.   (Google)
Abstract: While there is a great diversity of treatments of other minds and inter-subjectivity within both analytic and continental philosophy, this article specifies some of the core structural differences between these treatments. Although there is no canonical account of the problem of other minds that can be baldly stated and that is exhaustive of both traditions, the problem(s) of other minds can be loosely defined in family resemblances terms. It seems to have: (1) an epistemological dimension (How do we know that others exist? Can we justifiably claim to know that they do?); (2) an ontological dimension that incorporates issues having to do with personal identity (What is the structure of our world such that inter-subjectivity is possible? What are the fundamental aspects of our relations to others? How do they impact upon our self-identity?); and (3) A conceptual dimension in that it depends on one's answer to the question what is a mind (How does the mind – or the concept of 'mind'– relate to the brain, the body and the world?). While these three issues are co-imbricated, I will claim that analytic engagements with the problem of other minds focus on (1), whereas continental philosophers focus far more on (2). In addition, this article will also point to various other downstream consequences of this, including the preoccupation with embodiment and forms of expressivism that feature heavily in various forms of continental philosophy, and which generally aim to ground our relations with others in a pre-reflective manner of inhabiting the world that is said to be the condition of reflection and knowledge

5.3g Private Language and Other Minds

Addis, Mark R. (1999). Wittgenstein: Making Sense of Other Minds. Ashgate.   (Cited by 2 | Google)
Abstract: The difficulties about other minds are deep and of central philosophical importance. This text explores attempts to apply Wittgenstein's concept of criteria in explaining how we can know other minds and their properties. It is shown that the use of criteria for this purpose is misguided.
Mclaughlin, William J. (1970). Private languages and other minds. Personalist 51:338-354.   (Google)
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