Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist
What Minds Can Do

What Minds Can Do
Intentionality in a Non-Intentional World

Part of Cambridge Studies in Philosophy

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


Add to wishlist

Other available formats:
Hardback, eBook

Looking for an inspection copy?

This title is not currently available on inspection

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • 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
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    '... 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

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • 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

  • Author

    Pierre Jacob

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account


Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.