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A Case for the Psychological Reality of Language

Michael Devitt

in Ignorance of Language

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780199250967
eISBN:
9780191603945
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199250960.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter begins with the popular “Representational Theory of the Mind” (RTM), according to which a thought involves a mental representation. It then follows Fodor in arguing for the controversial ... More


Introduction: The ‘Picture Theory of Science’

Bas C. van Fraassen

in Scientific Representation: Paradoxes of Perspective

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199278220
eISBN:
9780191707926
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199278220.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Science

The Bildtheorie — ‘picture theory of science’ — formed the frame for much discussion and controversy among physicists in the decades around the year 1900. It emphasizes one aspect believed to be ... More


Caveats

Penelope Maddy

in Second Philosophy: A Naturalistic Method

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199273669
eISBN:
9780191706264
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199273669.003.0022
Subject:
Philosophy, Logic/Philosophy of Mathematics

This chapter summarizes the many empirical theories and methods involved in this second-philosophical account of logical truth: the KF-structuring of (much of) the world, the experimental paradigms ... More


Representation, Meaning, and Thought

Grant Gillett

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198239932
eISBN:
9780191680045
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198239932.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind

This study examines the relationship between thought and language by considering the views of Kant and the later Wittgenstein alongside many strands of contemporary debate in the area of mental ... More


Kant and the Semantic Problem

Robert Hanna

in Kant and the Foundations of Analytic Philosophy

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199272044
eISBN:
9780191699573
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272044.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, General

To a large extent, Immanuel Kant's theoretical philosophy is merely the result of fusing two important pre-existing tendencies in recent Kant scholarship. First, it has been quite convincingly shown ... More


The Nature of Experiential Intentionality: I. A Higher-Order Tracking Theory

Uriah Kriegel

in The Sources of Intentionality

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199742974
eISBN:
9780199914449
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199742974.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, General

Developing a philosophical account of experiential intentionality requires answering the following question: For any mental state x and property F, what would make it the case that F figures in the ... More


Introduction

Grant Gillett

in Representation, Meaning, and Thought

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198239932
eISBN:
9780191680045
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198239932.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter discusses the concept of representation and attempts to describe and explain the complex strategies higher animals have. These creatures also have mental representations that are ... More


Empathy, Imagination, and Reports

Eros Corazza

in Reflecting the Mind: Indexicality and Quasi-Indexicality

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
November 2004
ISBN:
9780199270187
eISBN:
9780191601484
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019927018X.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

Discusses the attribution of attitudes. In attributing to someone an attitude, we usually use constructions like: “Jane believes/desires/wishes/said/…that p”, where the that-clause ‘that p’ should ... More


A Theory of Sentience

Austen Clark

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198238515
eISBN:
9780191679650
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198238515.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This book offers a general account of the forms of mental representation that we call ‘sensory’. To sense something, one must have some capacity to discriminate among sensory qualities; but there are ... More


Moral Philosophy and Mental Representation

Stephen Stich

in Collected Papers, Volume 2: Knowledge, Rationality, and Morality, 1978-2010

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199733477
eISBN:
9780199949823
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199733477.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter is organized as follows. Sections I and II sketch two of the projects frequently pursued by moral philosophers, and the methods typically invoked in those projects. It is argued that ... More


Knowledge and Reality: Selected Essays

Colin McGinn

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199251582
eISBN:
9780191598012
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199251584.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Knowledge and Reality brings together a selection of Colin McGinn's philosophical essays from the mid 1970s to the late 1990s, whose unifying theme is the relation between mind and ... More


Representation

Declan Smithies

in The Epistemic Role of Consciousness

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780199917662
eISBN:
9780199345588
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199917662.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Chapter 2 explores the relationship between consciousness and mental representation. Section 2.1 argues for a version of representationalism, the thesis that consciousness is a kind of mental ... More


Minds without Meanings: An Essay on the Content of Concepts

Jerry A. Fodor and Zenon W. Pylyshyn

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780262027908
eISBN:
9780262320320
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262027908.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

In cognitive science, conceptual content is frequently understood as the “meaning” of a mental representation. This position raises largely empirical questions about what concepts are, what form they ... More


The Unity of Understanding: A Study in Kantian Problems

Hubert Schwyzer

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198248293
eISBN:
9780191681110
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198248293.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This book is about Kant's account of human understanding, of our capacity to form concepts of, and to be conscious of, things in the world. It argues that the conditions which Kant lays down for ... More


Preconceptual Representation

Jerry A. Fodor

in LOT 2: The Language of Thought Revisited

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199548774
eISBN:
9780191721106
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199548774.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Language

This chapter argues that at least some of the mental representations that are causally implicated in the formation of perceptual beliefs are indeed non-conceptual. The line of argument offered goes ... More


Solipsistic Semantics

Ernest Lepore and Barry Loewer

in Meaning, Mind, and Matter: Philosophical Essays

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199580781
eISBN:
9780191595264
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580781.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter explores Cartesian and more contemporary motivations for the view that there must be an internalist semantics for mental representations, including arguments that are intended to show ... More


Causally Driven Analogs

Karen Neander

in A Mark of the Mental: In Defense of Informational Teleosemantics

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780262036146
eISBN:
9780262339865
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262036146.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

In chapter 8, the author brings causal, teleosemantic and resemblance theories of content together by extending CT (as presented in chapter 7) to explain how homomorphism (more specifically, analog ... More


Spinoza, Thoughtful Teleology, and the Causal Significance of Content

Richard N. Manning

in Spinoza: Metaphysical Themes

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780195128154
eISBN:
9780199786008
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019512815X.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This essay contends that Jonathan Bennett gave a passive reading of conatus, and that he misunderstood Spinoza’s conception of mental representation, mistakenly attributing to Spinoza the common, ... More


Intentionality, Cognition, and Mental Representation in Medieval Philosophy

Gyula Klima (ed.)

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780823262748
eISBN:
9780823266586
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823262748.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

It is a commonplace in the history of ideas that one of the few medieval philosophical contributions preserved in modern philosophical thought is the idea that mental phenomena are distinguished from ... More


Thinking about Thought

Karen Neander

in A Mark of the Mental: In Defense of Informational Teleosemantics

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780262036146
eISBN:
9780262339865
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262036146.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

Thoughts are about items in (or aspects of) the world, and mental representations refer to them: how can this representational power be explained? In this chapter, the author introduces the ... More


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