This talk is divided into two parts. In the first part, I will give a brief overview of my research project on normative cognition. In the second part, I will defend a particular picture of the evolutionary trajectory of normative thinking. The reconstruction I will offer ties up normative thinking to the lineage of a psychological phenomenon called ‘shared intentionality’. This lineage explanation takes into account both human evolution and human ontogeny, with regard to a variety of life history variables and psychological competencies as well.
Ivan Dario Gonzalez Cabrera is a Ph.D. Student at the School of Philosophy at the Australian National University and a Visiting Fellow at the Department of Comparative and Developmental Psychology at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig. He has recently received a Writing-Up Fellowship of the KLI and started working on his project at the KLI in January 2016.