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‘Context of Commonality’ or Why Sharing Is More than Attending

Zdravko Radman orcid id ; Institute of Philosophy, Zagreb

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This paper attempts to suggest that subjectivity should be viewed as extroverted and worldoriented rather than exclusively as introverted. It further suggests that subjectivities congregate in social surroundings, and that this type of experience is primary. If this is true, the question arises as to whether we cannot conceive of intersubjectivity as a method of possibly bypassing the gap that, according to skeptics, the problem of other minds has created. The paper then discusses the concept of the plurality of the self as a counterpoint to individualist and isolationist assessments of the mind that regard it inaccessible; however, this paper also states that not every joint attending is proper sharing. With more complex objects of attention, such as cultural artifacts, a version of mutual knowledge (for which the term ‘context of commonality’ has been coined) is necessary on the part of co-attenders and co-agents for this interaction to be considered shared experience.


problem of other minds, we-ness, sharing, joint attention, joint action, ‘context of commonality’, culture

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