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What Minds Can Do

Details

  • Page extent: 312 pages
  • Size: 216 x 138 mm
  • Weight: 0.55 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 128/.2
  • Dewey version: 20
  • LC Classification: B105.I56 J33 1997
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Intentionality (Philosophy)
    • Philosophy of mind

Library of Congress Record

Hardback

 (ISBN-13: 9780521574013 | ISBN-10: 0521574013)

Some of a person's mental states have the power to represent real and imagined states of affairs: they have semantic properties. What Minds Can Do has two goals: to find a naturalistic or non-semantic basis for the representational powers of a person's mind, and to show that these semantic properties are involved in the causal explanation of the person's behaviour. In the process, this 1997 book addresses issues that are central to much contemporary philosophical debate. It will be of interest to a wide range of readers in philosophy of mind and of language, cognitive science, and psychology.

• Extended and accessible discussions of topics widely studied in philosophy of mind courses and seminars • Looks at the work of many other writers in the area, such as Fodor, Davidson, Quine • Of interest not only to philosophers but also to psychologists and cognitive scientists

Contents

Part I. The Naturalization of Intentionality: 1. What is intentional realism?; 2. Introduction to informational semantics; 3. Three problems for informational semantics; 4. Information and teleology; Part II. The Casual Role of Intentionality: 5. The computational representational theory of mind (CRTM); 6. Must an intentional realist be a meaning atomist?; 7. Functionalism and the threat of pre-emption; 8. Explaining intentional behaviour; 9. Conclusion: a postlude on semantics and psychology; References; Index.

Review

'... the book addresses issues that are central to much contemporary philosophical debate, in both Anglo-Saxon and Continental philosophy. It will be of interest to a wide range of readers in philosophy of mind and language, cognitive science and psychology.' French Book News

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