This thesis seeks to determine if a combination of simulation theory and direct perception can be achieved which unifies them while preserving their unique explanatory advantages. I analyze differences and criticisms between these approaches, and how these apply to a combined theory. I argue how a combined theory which preserves the unique perspectives sidesteps these criticisms. Simultaneously, how simulation and direct perception might inform each other is explored, allowing for complementary action between them. This results in an approach balancing between an integrative hybrid theory, which risks overlooking unique explanatory advantages, and a segregating pluralist view, which fails to address interactions between the theories that could enhance our understanding of social cognition.
Faculteit der Filosofie, Theologie en Religiewetenschappen