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Representational ideas : from Plato to Patricia Churchland

Author: Richard A Watson
Publisher: Dordrecht ; Boston : Kluwer Academic Publishers, ©1995.
Series: Synthese library, v. 250.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In Representational Ideas: From Plato to Patricia Churchland Watson argues that all intelligible theories of representation by ideas are based on likeness between representations and objects. He concludes that 17th century materialist criticisms of 'having' mental representations in the mind apply to contemporary material representations in the brain, as proposed by neurophilosophers. The argument begins with Plato,  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Richard A Watson
ISBN: 0792334531 9780792334538
OCLC Number: 32204054
Description: xiii, 172 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Preface. 1: Introduction. 1. Appearance and Reality. 2. Representational Ideas. 3. Platonic Ideas. 4. Aristotelean Forms. 5. Like Knows Like. 6. Ideas as Effects and Things as Causes. 7. Resemblance. 8. Ontological Models. 2: Descartes. 1. Image and Concept. 2. Imagination and Understanding. 3. Sensations and Images. 4. Non-Resembling Ideas. 5. The Priority of Ontology. 6. What Is an Idea? 7. What in an Idea Makes It be of Its Object? 8. Summary Conclusion. 3: Malebranche and Arnauld. 1. Faculties, Capacities, and Dispositions. 2. Act, Content, and Object. 3. Ideas as Independent Objects. 4. Ideas as Acts of Mind. 5. Ideas as Transparent, as Searchlights, and as Grapples. 4: Locke, Berkeley, and Hume. 1. Primary and Secondary Ideas. 2. Non-Representational Ideas. 3. Particular Ideas. 5: The Picture Theory. 1. Wittgenstein. 2. Carnap. 3. Goodman. 6: Neurophilosophy. 1. Patricia Churchland. 2. Ruth Millikan. 3. Robert Cummins. 4. Mark Rollins. 7: Having Ideas. 8: Conclusion. Bibliography. Index.
Series Title: Synthese library, v. 250.
Responsibility: by Richard A. Watson.
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