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Implicit Social Cognition

forthcoming in Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Implicit Cognition, J. Robert Thompson (ed.)

Positing implicit social cognitive processes is common in the social cognition literature. We see it in discussions of theories of mentalizing, empathy, and infants' social-cognitive capacities. However, there is little effort to articulate what counts as implicit social cognition in general, so theorizing about implicit social cognition is extremely disparate across each of these sub-domains. In this paper, I argue that Michael Brownstein’s account of implicit cognition promises to be a fruitful, unifying account of implicit cognition in general, and it is well suited to explain implicit cognition in various sub-domains of social cognition.

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