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Mind and Common Sense : Philosophical Essays on Common Sense Psychology - Radu J. Bogdan

Mind and Common Sense

Philosophical Essays on Common Sense Psychology

By: Radu J. Bogdan (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 26th July 1991
ISBN: 9780521402019
Number Of Pages: 220

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The contributors to this volume examine current controversies about the importance of common sense psychology for our understanding of the human mind. Common sense provides a familiar and friendly psychological scheme by which to talk about the mind. Its categories (belief, desire, intention, consciousness, emotion, and so on) tend to portray the mind as quite different from the rest of nature, and thus irreducible to physical matters and its laws. In this volume a variety of positions on common sense psychology from critical to supportive, from exegetical to speculative, are represented. Among the questions posed are: Is common sense psychology an empirical theory, a body of analytic knowledge, a practice, or a strategy? If it is a legitimate enterprise can it be naturalized or not? If it is not legitimate can it be eliminated? Is its fate tied to our understanding of consciousness? Should we approach its concepts and generalizations from the standpoint of conceptual analysis or from the philosophy of science?

The folklore of the mind
Analysis without noise
Folk psychology and the explanation
Methodological reflections on belief
Consciousness and content
The inevitability of folk psychology
How is eliminative materialism possible?
The long past and the short history
Common sense naturalized: the practical stance
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ISBN: 9780521402019
ISBN-10: 0521402018
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 220
Published: 26th July 1991
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.5