The significance and meaning of others



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Gallagher, S. (2017). The significance and meaning of others. In C. Durt, T. Fuchs & C. Tewes (Eds.), Embodiment, Enaction, and Culture: Investigating the Constitution of the Shared World (pp. 217-227). Cambridge, United States: The MIT Press.

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In support of a pluralist approach to social cognition, I want to introduce a distinction found in debates about the nature of interpretation, namely, the distinction between meaning and significance. First I review the hermeneutical debates and several ways of thinking about the relation between significance and meaning. I then explore some implications of this distinction for contemporary debates in social cognition and defend the idea that even if different situations of social cognition may involve a variety of interpretive approaches, interpretive significance remains primary.

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