Theories of Mind & Society

New School for Social Research: Anthropology

Liberal Arts
Graduate Course
Degree Students (with Restrictions)
Theories of Mind & Society
Fall 2024
Taught By: Lawrence Hirschfeld
Section: A

CRN: 17186

Credits: 3

A major task facing all humans is to make sense of the actions of others. Unsurprisingly, given the importance of meeting this challenge, humans everywhere display dedicated capacities that enhance our ability to interpret and predict the behavior of others. On one hand, humans readily mentalize—that is, they attribute to others unseen mental states and expect that these mental states systematically give rise to action. On the other hand, humans readily recognize others as being sorts of people, occupying sorts of roles, and they use this information to understand others’ behavior. This seminar explores these capacities, particularly the psychological and social mechanisms that subserve them. Of particular interest is how these capacities develop, both over an individual’s lifetime, evolutionarily, and comparatively across cultural environments and across species. For MA students of the NSSR anthropology department, this seminar fulfills the requirements of a Perspectives course.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Anthropology (ANT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 9

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2024 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2024 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 4:28am EDT 6/20/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Wednesday
Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm
Building: TBD
Room: TBD
Date Range: 8/26/2024 - 12/4/2024