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What Minds Can Do

What Minds Can Do
Intentionality in a Non-Intentional World

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  • Date Published: January 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521574365

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  • 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
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    '... 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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    • Date Published: January 1997
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521574365
    • length: 312 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.375kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of 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.

  • Author

    Pierre Jacob

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