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Explaining Attitudes : A Practical Approach to the Mind - Lynne Rudder Baker

Explaining Attitudes

A Practical Approach to the Mind

By: Lynne Rudder Baker, Ernest Sosa (Editor), Jonathan Dancy (Editor), John Haldane (Editor), Gilbert Harman (Editor)

Paperback Published: 7th August 1995
ISBN: 9780521421904
Number Of Pages: 264

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Explaining Attitudes offers a timely and important challenge to the dominant conception of belief found in the work of such philosophers as Dretske and Fodor. According to this dominant view, beliefs, if they exist at all, are constituted by states of the brain. Rudder Baker rejects this view and replaces it with a quite different approach: practical realism. Seen from the perspective of practical realism, any argument that tries to interpret beliefs as either brain states or immaterial souls is a false dichotomy. Practical realism takes beliefs to be states of whole persons, rather like states of health. What a person believes is determined by what a person would do, say, and think in various circumstances. Thus beliefs and other attitudes are interwoven into an integrated, commonsensical conception of reality.

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"The discussions are always interesting, and at times profound and foundational. It provides a contrasting voice in an otherwise too one-sided discussion; everyone now working in the philosophy of mind should read it." Anne Jasp Jacobson, Canadian Philosophical Review

The Standard View and its Problems
Two conceptions of the attitudes
Content and causation
The myth of folk psychology
Explanation in Theory and Practice
On standards of explanatory adequacy
How beliefs explain
Practical Realism and its Prospects
Belief without reification
Mind and metaphysics
Practical realism writ large
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ISBN: 9780521421904
ISBN-10: 052142190X
Series: Cambridge Studies in Philosophy
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 7th August 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.49 x 14.02  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.32

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