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A Study of Concepts : Representation and Mind (Paperback) - Christopher Peacocke

A Study of Concepts

Representation and Mind (Paperback)

Paperback Published: 25th September 1995
ISBN: 9780262660976
Number Of Pages: 286
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Philosophers from Hume, Kant, and Wittgenstein to the recent realists and antirealists have sought to answer the question, What are concepts? This book provides a detailed, systematic, and accessible introduction to an original philosophical theory of concepts that Christopher Peacocke has developed in recent years to explain facts about the nature of thought, including its systematic character, its relations to truth and reference, and its normative dimension.Particular concepts are also treated within the general framework: perceptual concepts, logical concepts, and the concept of belief are discussed in detail. The general theory is further applied in answering the question of how the ontology of concepts can be of use in classifying mental states, and in discussing the proper relation between philosophical and psychological theories of concepts. Finally, the theory of concepts is used to motivate a nonverificationist theory of the limits of intelligible thought.Peacocke treats content as broad rather than narrow, and his account is nonreductive and non-Quinean. Yet Peacocke also argues for an interactive relationship between philosophical and psychological theories of concepts, and he plots many connections with work in cognitive psychology.Christopher Peacocke is Waynflete Professor of Metaphysical Philosophy in the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford.

"Christopher Peacocke's rich, densely argued book is a frontal assault on the task of constructing a theory of concepts. Its argument is a model of rigor: each move is precisely flagged, each claim distinctly articulated... It is a mark of the best work in philosophy that it deals with deep and central concerns while at the same time reaching beyond itself to fructify debate elsewhere. Peacocke's stimulating book does both these things, and in ways that no future account of its subject matter can ignore." A. C. Grayling, Times Higher Education Supplement

Preface
Introduction
Conventions
Individuating Concepts
The Aims of a Philosophical Theory of Concepts
Possession and Individuation
Concepts and Reference
Possession Conditions and Attribution Conditions
The (C) Form: Modesty, Interpretation, and Intelligibility
Conclusion and Challenges
Structure and System
Generality, Productivity, and Their Explanations
Neither Stipulative nor Empirical
Links with the Tractatus
Knowing-What-It-Is-For and the Explanations
Summary and a Further Application
Perceptual Concepts
Scenarios Introduced
Consequences and Comparisons of Scenarios
A Further Level of Content and Its Applications
Spatial Reasoning and Action
Summary and Open Questions
The Metaphysics of Concepts
The Problem
A Ready-Made Solution?
A Proposal
Aspects and Consequences of the Proposal
Ontology and Legitimation by Application
Summary and the Role of Legitimation by Application
Concepts and Norms in a Natural World
The Challenge
A Teleological Solution?
Norms and the World
Kripkean Requirements
Summary and Disclaimer
The Concept of Belief: Self Knowledge and Referential Coherence
The Issues
The First-Person Clause
The Third-Person Clause
The Possession Condition and Simulation Accounts
Referential Coherence
Summary and the Need for More
Concepts, Psychology, and Explanation
Insularity Rejected: The Simple Account
Explanation, Rule Following, and Objectivity
Summary
Illusions of Content: Thought
The Dilemma: Examples
The Discrimination Principle and Strategies of Application
Executing the Switching Tactic
Executing the Deflationary Tactic
Indeterminacy and Internal Collapse
Links and Consequences
Summary and Prospect
Conceptual Role and Aiming at the Truth
Evans's Derivation of the Generality Constraint: A Comparison
Notes
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780262660976
ISBN-10: 0262660970
Series: Representation and Mind (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 286
Published: 25th September 1995
Publisher: AMITY PUB CO
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.24 x 15.29  x 1.65
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Type: New edition