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Desire and belief : introduction to some recent philosophical debates

Author: Arthur E Falk
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Hamilton Books, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"What are states of mind? The book develops an answer with deep import for our understanding of ourselves. At once introductory, assuming only the reader's inquisitiveness, and yet rigorous enough to command the attention of experts, it maps the terrain to be explored, notes the minefields of philosophical controversy, and lays out a path through them. Respectful of the reader's own mind, the author always presents  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Arthur E Falk
ISBN: 0761827153 9780761827153
OCLC Number: 54788254
Description: xxi, 595 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: pt. I. The data --
A. The two varieties of phenomena --
B. All attitudes are propositional attitudes --
C.A standardized language for reporting beliefs --
D. Pep talk; then the adicity of propositional attitudes and their contents --
E.A standardized logic for the reports' entailments --
F. Modalities and propositional attitudes : how alike? --
G. The opacity and hyperintensionality of that-clauses --
pt. II. Theories of the aboutness --
H. The sufficiency-of-concurrence theory of relational reports refuted --
I. The indispensability of causal rapport of some relational attitudes --
J. If reports of relational belief are context-sensitive, are they unscientific? --
K. Paradoxes in the concurrence+rapport theory of relational reports --
L. The 1968 solution to the paradoxes and its aftermath --
M. Beliefs about oneself and about the present moment : the data --
N. Beliefs about oneself and about the present moment : the theories --
O. The general, unified theory of relational beliefs : ellipsis+dominance --
pt. III. Theories of the directed-towardness --
P. Do we believe predicates and sentences? --
Q. The adverbial theory of directed-towardness --
R. Do we believe connectionist representations? --
S. Do we believe semantically narrowly individuated contents? --
T. Quine's arguments against non-notional perception --
U. Empathy, not ostension of things, is the primal root of discourse --
V. When believing the same thing means agreeing --
W. Singular sentences and singular propositions --
X. Two approaches to hyperintensions --
pt. IV. The naturalization project --
Y. The prospects for naturalizing the science of the mind --
Z. The most promising philosophical method.
Responsibility: Arthur E. Falk.

Abstract:

"What are states of mind? The book develops an answer with deep import for our understanding of ourselves. At once introductory, assuming only the reader's inquisitiveness, and yet rigorous enough to command the attention of experts, it maps the terrain to be explored, notes the minefields of philosophical controversy, and lays out a path through them. Respectful of the reader's own mind, the author always presents the major alternatives to his views and gives reasons for preferring his own. His book is at once conservative, initially focusing on traditional mentalistic psychology and doing justice to the mind's uniquely human features, and also revolutionary, in that it uncovers by patient analysis of that psychology the primitive survivals of ancestral mentality, revealing the mind's evolution. Thus the author initiates a new kind of analytic technique that opens the way for philosophy to become more fruitful."--Jacket.

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