by Vittorio Gallese
The dominant view in cognitive science puts most efforts in clarifying what are the formal rules structuring a solipsistic, representational mind. Much less investigated is what triggers the sense of social identity that we experience with the multiplicity of “other selves” populating our social world. Is the solipsistic type of analysis inspired by folk-psychology, the exclusive explanatory approach to social cognition? In particular, does it do full justice to the phenomenal aspects of our social intentional relations? My answer is no to both questions.