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A user's guide to thought and meaning

Author: Ray Jackendoff; Neil Cohn; Bill Griffith
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2012.
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"A User's Guide to Thought and Meaning is Jackendoff's most important book since his groundbreaking Foundations of Language. Written with an informality that belies the originality of its insights, it presents a radical new account of the relation between language, meaning, rationality, perception, consciousness, and thought, and, extraordinarily, does this in terms a non-specialist will grasp with ease. Jackendoff  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ray Jackendoff; Neil Cohn; Bill Griffith
ISBN: 9780199693207 019969320X
OCLC Number: 713186725
Description: xi, 274 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Language, words, and meaning --
pt. 2. Consciousness and perception --
pt. 3. Reference and truth --
pt. 4. Rationality and intuition. Why do we need A User's Guide to Thought and Meaning? --
What's a language? --
Perspectives on English --
Perspectives on sunsets, tigers, and puddles --
What's a word? --
What counts as the same word? --
Some uses of mean and meaning --
"Objective" and "subjective" meaning --
What do meanings have to be able to do? --
Meanings can't be visual images --
Word meanings aren't cut and dried (You can't avoid the slippery slope) --
Not all the meaning is in the words --
Meanings, concepts, and thoughts --
Does your language determine your thought? --
What's it like to be thinking? --
Some phenomena that test the Unconscious Meaning Hypothesis --
Conscious and unconscious --
What does "What is consciousness?" mean? --
Three cognitive correlates of conscious thought --
Some prestigious theories of consciousness --
What's it like to see things? --
Two components of thought and meaning --
Seeing something as a fork --
Other modalities of spatial perception --
How do we see the world as "out there"? --
Other "feels" in experience --
How do we use language to talk about the world? --
Mismatching reference in conversation --
What kinds of things can we refer to? (Cognitive metaphysics, lesson 1) --
Referential files for pictures and thoughts --
More cognitive metaphysics : persons --
What's truth? --
Problems for an ordinary perspective on truth --
What's it like to judge a sentence true? --
Noticing something's wrong --
What's it like to be thinking rationally? --
How much rational thinking do we actually do? --
How rational thinking helps --
Some pitfalls of apparently rational thinking --
Chamber music --
Rational thinking as a craft --
Some speculation on science and the arts --
Learning to live with multiple perspectives.
Responsibility: Ray Jackendoff ; with illustrations by Neil Cohn, Bill Griffith, and others.
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