The Cognitive Foundations of Group Attitudes and Social Interaction

Herzig, Andreas and Lorini, Emiliano


This volume contains some of the material presented at the international workshop on "The Cognitive Foundations of Group Attitudes and Social Interaction" that took place in Toulouse on 31st May- 1st June 2012. The workshop was one of the major events of the European Network on Social Intelligence (SINTELNET) whose aim was to help build a shared perspective at the intersection of artificial intelligence, the social sciences and humanities, to identify challenges and opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration, and to provide guidelines for research and policy-making and to kindle partnerships among participants. The workshop was intended to bring together philosophers, social scientists (economists and psychologists), logicians and computer scientists to discuss about the cognitive foundations of group attitudes and social interaction. It dealt with questions such as: The present volume contains ten chapters. They offer a broad perspective on different issues and concepts that are situated at the intersection between different disciplines such as cognitive sciences and social psychology, legal theory, logic and artificial intelligence. This includes the concepts of trust and help, the problem of mental representation, the relationship between individual beliefs and group beliefs, the cognitive structure of social emotions and the cognitive bases of norm compliance. We hope that the material contained in this volume will be useful for improving understanding of the way social concepts and phenomena can be analysed and explained by grounding them on a cognitive foundation.

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