Interacting with Fictions: The Role of Pretend Play in Theory of Mind Acquisition

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    Pretend play is generally considered to be a developmental landmark in Theory of Mind acquisition. The aim of the present paper is to offer a new account of the role of pretend play in Theory of Mind development. To this end I combine Hutto and Gallagher’s account of social cognition development with Matravers’ recent argument that the cognitive processes involved in engagement with narratives are neutral regarding fictionality. The key contribution of my account is an analysis of pretend play as interaction with fictions. I argue that my account offers a better explanation of existing empirical data on the development of children’s pretend play and Theory of Mind than the competing theories from Leslie, Perner and Harris.
    Originele taal-2English
    Pagina's (van-tot)113–132
    Aantal pagina's20
    TijdschriftReview of Philosophy and Psychology
    Nummer van het tijdschrift1
    Vroegere onlinedatum15-feb-2018
    StatusPublished - mrt-2019

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