In this paper, I argue that something important, and something social is missing from contemporary accounts of social cognition, social neuroscience, and evolutionary social psychology. Contemporary accounts of social cognition focus on cognition directed towards social objects, that is, towards persons and social groups. In contrast, early twentieth-century accounts of socially engaged cognition focused upon beliefs and attitudes oriented to the represented beliefs and attitudes of members of social ‘reference groups’ and directed towards both social and non‐social objects. I argue that this earlier conception of socially engaged cognition should be integrated with contemporary research on social cognition, social neuroscience, and evolutionary social psychology since it poses a challenge but also an opportunity for these disciplines.
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