Book Chapters



Below you find the book chapters that are published. For more information about the content of these works, please see "research" above.


Gallagher, S., & Fiebich, A. (2019). Being pluralist about understanding others: Contexts and communicative practices. In Knowing and Understanding Other Minds. (pp. 63-78). Avradmides, A., & Parrott, M. (Eds.) Oxford University Press.



In this chapter, we elucidate the role of context in different varieties of social understanding. In this regard, we defend a pluralist approach and consider the role of mindreading understood as a form of theoretical inference or simulation, as well as the importance of embodied interaction.  


Fiebich, A., Gallagher, S, & Hutto, D. (2017). Pluralism, interaction and the ontogeny of social cognition. In Kiverstein, J. (Ed.). The Routledge Handbook Philosophy of the Social Mind (pp. 208-221). London: Routledge. 



This chapter aims to provide an overview of the development of a variety of social-cognitive processes and procedures throughout ontogeny. [...] All in all, we present a pluralist vision in social cognition - one that assumes that rather than relying on a single or default procedure of social cognition, individuals use a variety of methods to keep track of and understand other minds. 


Fiebich, A.*, Nguyen, N.*, & Schwarzkopf, S.* (2015, *equal contribution). Cooperation with robots? A two-dimensional approach. In Collective Agency and Cooperation in Natural and Artifical Systems (pp. 25-43), Misselhorn, C. (Ed.), in the Springer Series "Philosophical Studies". Heidelberg: Springer. 



In this treatise, we aim to characterize cooperation in human-robot interaction. Therefore we provide a two-dimensional approach to cooperation that allows (1) determining where precisely a specific phenomenon that is called ‘cooperation’ lies on the axis of a ‘behavioral dimension’ and the axis of a ‘cognitive dimension’ and (2) showing what this implies for the robustness of the cooperation. This approach not only enables scientists from different disciplines and traditions to locate themselves in the debate when investigating what they call ‘cooperation,’ it also provides a framework to spell out the cognitive preconditions that being engaged in cooperation on either dimension involves. Identifying such preconditions serves as a fruitful means to address the leading question of the present treatise. The analysis shows that robots are capable of being engaged in human-robot cooperation on either dimension. However, the implications of having a shared intention with respect to joint commitments being involved are only partly implemented in the robotic systems so far


Fiebich, A. (2014). Perceiving Affordances and Social Cognition. In Social Ontology and Social Cognition. Gallotti, M., & Michael, J. (Eds.), in the Springer Series "Studies in the Philosophy of Sociality" (pp. 149-166). New York: Springer.



Although ecological affordances have been discussed intensively in the Gibsonian tradition, little attention has been paid to the role that social cognition plays for the perception of ecological affordances. The present paper aims to fill this gap in the debate. I provide a relational approach to affordances and analyze the role of social cognition for the perception of ecological affordances in social and institutional contexts.  


Newen, A., & Fiebich, A. (2009). A developmental theory of self-models: individual-cognitive and social-cognitive dimensions of self-consciousness. In Social Roots of Self-Consciousness. Philosophical and Psychological Contributions (pp. 161-186). Max, W. & Reuter, G. (Eds.). Berlin: Akademie Verlag. 



Self-consciousness can be defined as the ability to have conscious experiences and on that basis to represent one‟s own states (processes and events) as one‟s own. [...]  Bearing this naturalistic background in mind, we want to investigate how the contents of the self-representations (i.e. self-models) develop and to which extent they are constituted by social interactions.

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