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Language, Thought, and Other Biological Categories: New Foundations for Realism
     

Language, Thought, and Other Biological Categories: New Foundations for Realism

by Ruth Garrett Millikan, Daniel C. Dennett (Preface by)
 

Beginning with a general theory of function applied to body organs, behaviors, customs, and both inner and outer representations, Ruth Millikan argues that the intentionality of language can be described without reference to speaker intentions and that an understanding of the intentionality of thought can and should be divorced from the problem of understanding

Overview

Beginning with a general theory of function applied to body organs, behaviors, customs, and both inner and outer representations, Ruth Millikan argues that the intentionality of language can be described without reference to speaker intentions and that an understanding of the intentionality of thought can and should be divorced from the problem of understanding consciousness. The results support a realist theory of truth and of universals, and open the way for a nonfoundationalist and nonholistic approach to epistemology.

A Bradford Book

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262631150
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
12/16/1987
Series:
Bradford Books Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
367
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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"An exciting book. It is a sustained effort at developing a naturalistic view of intentionality. Millikan's writing is clear, forceful, and illuminating." Hector Neri-Casteneda,Indiana University
Hector Neri-Casteneda
An exciting book. It is a sustained effort at developing a naturalistic view of intentionality. Millikan's writing is clear, forceful, and illuminating.

Meet the Author

Ruth Garrett Millikan is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of Connecticut. She is the author of Language, Thought, and Other Biological Categories (MIT Press, 1984) and White Queen Psychology and Other Essays for Alice (MIT Press, 1995) and On Clear and Confused Ideas.

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