Deconstructing the Mind (Philosophy of Mind Series)

Deconstructing the Mind (Philosophy of Mind Series)

by Stephen P. Stich
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195100816

ISBN-13: 9780195100815

Pub. Date: 07/18/1996

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Over the last two decades, debates over the viability of commonsense psychology have been center stage in both cognitive science and the philosophy of mind. Eliminativists have argued that advances in cognitive science and neuroscience will ultimately justify a rejection of our "folk" theory of the mind, and of its ontology. In the first half of this book

Overview

Over the last two decades, debates over the viability of commonsense psychology have been center stage in both cognitive science and the philosophy of mind. Eliminativists have argued that advances in cognitive science and neuroscience will ultimately justify a rejection of our "folk" theory of the mind, and of its ontology. In the first half of this book Stich, who was at one time a leading advocate of eliminativism, maintains that even if the sciences develop in the ways that eliminativists foresee, none of the arguments for ontological elimination are tenable. Rather than being resolved by science, he contends, these ontological disputes will be settled by a pragmatic process in which social and political considerations have a major role to play. In later chapters, Stich argues that the widespread worry about "naturalizing" psychological properties is deeply confused, since there is no plausible account of what naturalizing requires on which the failure of the naturalization project would lead to eliminativism. He also offers a detailed analysis of the many different notions of folk psychology to be found in philosophy and psychology, and argues that simulation theory, which purports to be an alternative to folk psychology, is not supported by recent experimental findings.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195100815
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
07/18/1996
Series:
Philosophy of Mind Series
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.81(d)
Lexile:
1430L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

1. Deconstructing the Mind
2. Connectionism, Eliminativism, and the Future of Folk Psychology, with William Ramsey and Joseph Garon
3. What Is Fold Psychology?, with Ian Ravenscroft
4. How Do Minds Understand Minds? Mental Simulation versus Tacit Theory, with Shaun Nichols
5. Intentionality and Naturalism, with Stephen Laurence
6. Naturalism, Positivism, and Pluralism
References
Index

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