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A Short Encyclopedia of Philosophy of Social Cognition

One of the assignment for my course "The Social Mind" is a short encyclopedia entry. Students have to write a succinct, focused entry (about 500 words) on a topic relevant for the philosophy of social cognition (i.e. where philosophy of mind meets social philosophy ). All these entries will be available online there:

All the listed entries on the front page are already attributed to students. If, however, you would like to contribute another entry, send me your suggestions.


The goal is to create a concise but useful philosophical encyclopedia on folk-psychology, mind reading, interpretation, social cognition and other related subjects. You should contribute an entry that presents, in simple words, important concepts in the field. If you want to submit an entry:

  1. Send me a brief email with an outline of the entry you would like to write; do NOT choose an entry listed on the Encyclopedia frontpage.
  2. Once I accepted your project entry, send it as an attached .DOC, or .RTF file to
  3. The text should not be longer than 500 words. If you use a term in your entry that will appear elsewhere in the encyclopedia, CAPITALIZE it. End your entries by writing “See also . . .” and up to 5 (capitalized) related key terms that appear elsewhere in the encyclopedia. Do not use italics, footnotes or endnotes.