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Intuitively assessed reasonableness as a criterion of validity in empathetic understanding
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Communication, History of ideas.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2782-4371
2009 (English)In: Sats: Nordic Journal of Philosophy, ISSN 1600-1974, Vol. 10, no 1, 107-131 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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By what criteria can an empathetic interpreter justify the inference from the fact that, when simulating another person, he himself forms such-and-such intentions to act in the imagined situation, to the supposed fact that the person simulated formed or will form the same intentions? It is suggested that the interpreter determines this by normatively assessing the reasons for and against the action, simply following his own subjective or perspective-dependent criteria for what is reasonable to believe, desire, and do in the given situation. If the interpreter finds the other's action to be well-motivated, this is indication that the interpreter shares the perspective of the other, and hence that the explanation is valid. In Hans-Georg Gadamer's words: understanding is, primarily, agreement. A possible objection is that this turns interpretation into something purely subjective and relative. It is argued that the relativity involved is harmless and does not imply relativism in any important sense

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2009. Vol. 10, no 1, 107-131 p.
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inlevelse, tolkning, inlevelseteori, simulering, handlingsförklaringar, validitetskriterium, välvillighetsprincipen, rimlighet, Arthur Ripstein
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-10060DOI: 10.1515/SATS.2009.107Local ID: 1271/42/2007OAI: diva2:432239
Perspektivberoende och kontrastivitet i inlevelsebaserade handlingsförklaringar
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