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Desire and Belief : Introduction to Some Recent Philosophical Debates - Arthur Falk

Desire and Belief

Introduction to Some Recent Philosophical Debates

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Some call it folk psychology; others call it the perennial philosophy. According to Arthur Falk, author of Desire and Belief, it's the traditional account of the mind's features that make it unique in nature. This work examines the nature of what philosophers call de re mental attitudes, paying close attention to the controversies over the nature of these and allied mental states. Over the course of the book, a story emerges within the traditional account that ultimately appeals to Darwinian principles. The book concludes with two chapters on the contemporary project of naturalizing the mind.

List of tables, figures, and video clips
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The data
The two varieties of phenomenap. 3
All attitudes are propositional attitudesp. 23
A standardized language for reporting beliefsp. 43
Pep talk; then the adicity of propositional attitudes and their contentsp. 61
A standardized logic for the reports' entailmentsp. 83
Modalities and propositional attitudes : how alike?p. 103
The opacity and hyperintensionality of that-clausesp. 123
Theories of the aboutnessp. 145
The sufficiency-of-concurrence theory of relational reports refutedp. 147
The indispensability of causal rapport of some relational attitudesp. 165
If reports of relational belief are context-sensitive, are they unscientific?p. 183
Paradoxes in the concurrence+rapport theory of relational reportsp. 203
The 1968 solution to the paradoxes and its aftermathp. 215
Beliefs about oneself and about the present moment : the datap. 235
Beliefs about oneself and about the present moment : the theoriesp. 255
The general, unified theory of relational beliefs : ellipsis+dominancep. 273
Theories of the directed-towardnessp. 299
Do we believe predicates and sentences?p. 303
The adverbial theory of directed-towardnessp. 331
Do we believe connectionist representations?p. 351
Do we believe semantically narrowly individuated contents?p. 371
Quine's arguments against non-notional perceptionp. 397
Empathy, not ostension of things, is the primal root of discoursep. 415
When believing the same thing means agreeingp. 433
Singular sentences and singular propositionsp. 455
Two approaches to hyperintensionsp. 481
The naturalization projectp. 497
The prospects for naturalizing the science of the mindp. 499
The most promising philosophical methodp. 529
Glossaryp. 553
Works citedp. 573
Index of termsp. 591
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ISBN: 9780761827153
ISBN-10: 0761827153
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 618
Published: 13th January 2004
Publisher: UNIV PR OF AMER
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.82