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DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-W054-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 2017
Retrieved June 13, 2024, from

Article Summary

Intersubjectivity is the shared or mutual understanding among agents. Edmond Husserl first developed the concept of intersubjectivity as a critique of René Descartes’ problem of other minds. Husserl argued that the problem of other minds portrayed human interaction as inappropriately solipsistic. More recently, the concept of intersubjectivity has played a role in phenomenological accounts of social cognition, embodied and enactive cognition, debates about whether we can directly perceive others’ mental states, collective intentionality, and group minds.

Citing this article:
Spaulding, Shannon. Intersubjectivity, 2017, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-W054-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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