1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy and Implicit Cognition

Edited By J. Robert Thompson Copyright 2023
    438 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Humans think of ourselves as acting according to reasons that we can typically articulate and acknowledge, though we may be reluctant to do so. Yet some of our actions do not fit this mold—they seem to arise from motives and thoughts that appear outside of our control and our self-awareness. Rather than treating such cases as outliers, theorists now treat significant parts of the mind as operating implicitly or ‘behind the scenes’. Mental faculties like reasoning, language, and memory seem to involve this sort of implicit cognition, and many of the structures we use to understand one another seem infused with biases, perceptions, and stereotypes that have implicit features.

    The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy and Implicit Cognition is an outstanding guide and reference source to this important topic. Composed of  more than thirty chapters by an international team of contributors, the Handbook is divided into eight clear parts:

    • Defining Features? Identifying Implicitness Among Cognate Notions
    • The Nature and Limits of Implicit Processing
    • Ways of Perceiving, Knowing, Believing
    • Language
    • Agency and Control
    • Social Cognition
    • Memory
    • Learning and Reasoning.

    The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy and Implicit Cognition is essential reading for students and researchers in philosophy of psychology, moral psychology, and philosophy of mind, and will also be of interest to those in related disciplines such as psychology, neuroscience, and linguistics.

    Introduction: In Search of the Implicit J. Robert Thompson

    Part 1: Defining Features? Identifying Implicitness Among Cognate Notions

    1. Implicit Mental Representation William Ramsey

    2. Measuring and Modeling Implicit Cognition Samuel A.W. Klein and Jeffrey W. Sherman

    3. Implicit Cognition and Unconscious Mentality Tim Crane and J. Robert Thompson

    4. Implicit Cognition in Relation to the Conceptual/Nonconceptual Distinction José Luis Bermúdez and Arnon Cahen

    5. The Fragmented Mind: Personal and Subpersonal Approaches to Implicit Mental States Zoe Drayson

    6. The Levels Metaphor and the Implicit/Explicit Distinction Judith Carlisle

    Part 2: The Nature and Limits of Implicit Processing

    7. Implicit Cognition, Dual Process Theory, and Moral Judgment Charlie Blunden, Paul Rehren, and Hanno Sauer

    8. Implicit Bias and Processing Ema Sullivan-Bissett

    9. Predictive Processing, Implicit and Explicit Paweł Gładziejewski

    10. Cognitive Penetration and Implicit Cognition Lucas Battich and Ophelia Deroy

    Part 3: Ways of Perceiving, Knowing, Believing

    11. Helmholtz on Unconscious Inference in Experience Lydia Patton

    12. Husserl on Habit, Horizons, and Background Dermot Moran

    13. Polanyi and Tacit Knowledge Stephen Turner

    14. Tacit Knowledge Tim Thornton

    15. Collective and Distributed Knowledge: Studies of Expertise and Experience Harry Collins

    16. Implicit Beliefs Joseph Bendaña

    17. Implicit Self-Knowledge Kristina Musholt

    Part 4: Language

    18. Chomsky, Cognizing, and Tacit Knowledge John Collins

    19. Language Processing: Making It Implicit? David Pereplyotchik

    20. Implicit Knowledge in Pragmatic Inference Chris Cummins and Albertyna Paciorek

    Part 5: Agency and Control

    21. Implicit Mechanisms in Action and in the Experience of Agency Sofia Bonicalzi

    22. Implicit Cognition and Addiction: Selected Recent Findings and Theory Reinout W. Wiers and Alan W. Stacy

    23. Phenomenology, Psychopathology, and Pre-Reflective Experience Anthony Vincent Fernandez

    Part 6: Social Cognition

    24. Race and the Implicit Aspects of Embodied Social Interaction Jasper St. Bernard and Shaun Gallagher

    25. Implicit Social Cognition Shannon Spaulding

    26. The Development of Implicit Theory of Mind Hannes Rakoczy

    Part 7: Memory

    27. Implicit Memory Sarah K. Robins

    28. Memory During Failures of Recall: Information That Is Forgotten Is Not Gone Anne M. Cleary

    Part 8: Learning and Reasoning

    29. Implicit Reasoning  Thomas Sturm and Uljana Feest

    30. Implicit Knowledge of (Parts of) Logic, and How to Make It Explicit Keith Stenning and Michiel van Lambalgen

    31. What Is It Like to Learn Implicitly? Arnaud Destrebecqz



    J. Robert Thompson is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Mississippi State University, USA. He studies implicit phenomena as they arise within the fields of developmental psychology, psycholinguistics, and the philosophy of language.