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Human Thought : PHILOSOPHICAL STUDIES - Joseph Mendola

Human Thought


Hardcover Published: 28th February 1997
ISBN: 9780792344018
Number Of Pages: 481

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Conscious experience and thought content are customarily treated as distinct problems. This book argues that they are not. Part One develops a chastened empiricist theory of content, which cedes to experience a crucial role in rooting the contents of thoughts, but deploys an expanded conception of experience and of the ways in which contents may be rooted in experience. Part Two shows how, were the world as we experience it to be, our neurophysiology would be sufficient to constitute capacities for the range of intuitive thoughts recognized by Part One. Part Three argues that physics has shown that our experience is not veridical, and that this implies that no completely plausible account of how we have thoughts is comprehensible by humans. Yet this leaves thoughts not especially suspect, because such considerations also imply that all positive and contingent human conceptions of anything are false.

Introductionp. 1
Contentp. 23
From Content to Representational Contentp. 25
From Representational Content to Basic Contentp. 51
Basic Content and Experiencep. 77
Microeventsp. 97
Phenomenal Elementsp. 125
Causal Elementsp. 143
Conceiving Agentsp. 167
Thoughtsp. 169
Thought Skepticismp. 201
Words and Meaningp. 229
Resourcesp. 257
Experience and Quasi-Experiencep. 279
Thought Beyond Experiencep. 303
Experience and Plausibilityp. 327
Phenomenal Objectsp. 329
Mere Phenomenal Experiencep. 349
Causal Experiencep. 369
Relativity and Causal Experiencep. 389
Classical Experience and Quantum Mechanicsp. 407
Conclusionp. 447
Indexp. 475
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ISBN: 9780792344018
ISBN-10: 0792344014
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 481
Published: 28th February 1997
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.15  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 1.0