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Simple mindedness : in defense of naive naturalism in the philosophy of mind

Author: Jennifer Hornsby
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1997.
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How is our conception of what there is affected by the fact that we count ourselves as inhabitants of the natural world? How do our actions fit into a world that is altered through our agency? And how do we accommodate our understanding of one another as fellow subjects of experience - as beings with thoughts and wants and hopes and fears? These questions provide the impetus for the detailed discussions of ontology,
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jennifer Hornsby
ISBN: 0674808185 9780674808188
OCLC Number: 35792235
Description: ix, 265 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Ontological questions: Introduction: persons and their states, and events. Descartes, Rorty and the mind-body fiction. Physicalism, events and part-whole relations. Which physical events are mental events? Postscript to part 1: the nomological character of causality --
pt. 2. Agency: Introduction: action and the mental-physical divide. Bodily movements, actions and epistemology. Physicalist thinking and conceptions of behaviour. Agency and causal explanation --
pt. 3. Mind, causation and explanation: Introduction: personal and subpersonal levels. Dennett's naturalism. Causation in intuitive physics and in commonsense psychology. Semantic innocence and psychological understanding.
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Jennifer Hornsby �has written� a series of careful and insightful papers...over the past twenty years. In "Simple Mindedness," she does us the great service of collecting twelve of these papers Read more...

 
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