Professor of sociology at the University of Lausanne and research associate at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) de Paris, Laurence Kaufmann works in an interdisciplinary manner on topics such as public opinion, communication, first-person authority, social cognition and collective intentionality. Her main interests concern the ontology of social phenomena from a sociological and historical point of view – how institutions emerge and change over time – as well as from a philosophical and psychological perspective – what human abilities are necessary to constitute and maintain institutions. http://www.unil.ch/unisciences/LaurenceKaufmann
Kaufmann L. (2018) Saving the Third-Person Stance. Constructivist Foundations 14(1): 34–37. https://cepa.info/5584
Open peer commentary on the article “Decentering the Brain: Embodied Cognition and the Critique of Neurocentrism and Narrow-Minded Philosophy of Mind” by Shaun Gallagher. Abstract: While acknowledging the important contribution of Gallagher’s interactive approach to perception, agency and social cognition, I suggest that the second-person stance it brings forward is not sufficient to account for the way humans navigate the social world. One of the main characteristics of the durable, impersonal constraints proper to institutions might indeed be to bypass the second-person and trigger a subjectless third-person stance.
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