Deconstructing the Mind

Deconstructing the Mind

by Stephen P. Stich
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195126661

ISBN-13: 9780195126662

Pub. Date: 12/17/1998

Publisher: Oxford University Press

During the past two decades, debates over the viability of commonsense psychology have occupied center stage in both cognitive science and the philosophy of mind. A group of prominent philosophers known as eliminativists argue that advances in cognitive science and neuroscience will ultimately justify a rejection of our folk theory of mind because it gives a

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During the past two decades, debates over the viability of commonsense psychology have occupied center stage in both cognitive science and the philosophy of mind. A group of prominent philosophers known as eliminativists argue that advances in cognitive science and neuroscience will ultimately justify a rejection of our folk theory of mind because it gives a radically mistaken account of mental life. In Deconstructing the Mind, distinguished philosopher Stephen Stich, once a leading advocate of eliminativism, offers a bold and compelling reassessment of this view. The book opens with a groundbreaking multi-part essay in which Stich maintains that even if the sciences develop in the ways that eliminativists foresee, none of the arguments for ontological elimination are tenable. Succeeding essays explore folk psychology in more detail, develop a systematic critique of simulation theory, and counter widespread concern about naturalizing psychological properties.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195126662
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
12/17/1998
Series:
Philosophy of Mind Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

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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