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Triangulation: The Social Character of Thought

Marcia Cavell

in Becoming a Subject

Published in print February 2006 | ISBN: 9780199287086
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603921 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199287082.003.0005
 Triangulation: The Social Character of Thought

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This chapter begins with a discussion of the intersubjectivist position: the view that a creature develops the capacity for thinking in a specifically human way only in community. It introduces the concepts of normativity and the necessity of a real, shared world in which a triangulating relationship can take place, to give an idea of the space in which thought arises. It then considers triangulation in psychological studies of infant-child engagements.

Keywords: normativity; triangulation; thought; reality; psychoanalytic theory

Chapter.  5083 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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