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I and the other robots

Grant Gillett

in The Mind and its Discontents

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780199237548
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754555 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199237548.003.0008

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

I and the other robots

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Childhood autism is a curious disorder in which children find it difficult to accommodate themselves to the normal social world and tend to be unresponsive, indeed almost robotic in their interpersonal behaviour. The problems of thought and development that follow this disorder are pervasive and affect all of the child's activity. The nature of this disorder and its obvious relevance to the growing body of work on developmental epistemology make the condition and its phenomenology very interesting to philosophers. Unfortunately, philosophers often lose sight of the basicness of intersubjectivity and our dealings with others in the development of the psyche and so produce individualistic theories of psychological development and epistemology. A discussion of autism and other defects in which children are isolated from the shared human life-world for other reasons helps to illuminate the real nature of our human being-with-others.

Chapter.  11428 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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