Remarks on Perception and Other Minds


  • Edmund Dain Providence College



Mindreading, Other Minds, Perception, Seeing, Wittgenstein Ludwig


It is a simple truth about the English language that we can see or hear or feel what others are thinking or feeling. But it is tempting to think that there is a deeper sense in which we cannot really see or hear or feel these things at all. Rather, what is involved must be a matter of inference or interpretation, for instance. In these remarks, I argue against a variety of ways in which that thought, the thought that we cannot really see or hear or feel what others are thinking or feeling, might be developed.

Author Biography

Edmund Dain, Providence College

Edmund Dain is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Providence College. He has also taught at the University of Chicago and at Cardiff University, and held a Leiv Eiriksson visiting research fellowship at the University of Bergen. His research focuses on interpreting and applying the insights of Wittgenstein’s philosophy in connection with contemporary problems in ethics, philosophy of language and philosophy of mind.


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