Other people

Søren Overgaard

in The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Phenomenology

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199594900
Published online January 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

Other people


This chapter develops a perceptual solution to the epistemological problem of other minds, relying on central ideas from Maurice Merleau-Ponty's phenomenology. The Merleau-Pontian account is contrasted with another attempted perceptual solution to the other minds problem, and it is argued that only the former meets the phenomenologists' desideratum of providing an alternative to inferential solutions. The chapter also provides responses to various objections to the perceptual solution, including a pair of objections recently put forward by Alec Hyslop.

Keywords: other minds; Maurice Merleau-Ponty; phenomenology; knowledge; perceptual model; Alec Hyslop; emotions; epistemological problem

Article.  10654 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Epistemology ; Metaphysics

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