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Mind and Meaning : Cambridge Studies in Philosophy - B. F. Loar

Mind and Meaning

Cambridge Studies in Philosophy

Paperback Published: 24th November 1986
ISBN: 9780521338264
Number Of Pages: 284

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Is linguistic meaning to be accounted for independently of the states of mind of language users, or can it only be explained in terms of them? If the latter, what account of the mental states in question avoids circularity? In this book Brian Loar offers a subtle and comprehensive theory which both preserves the natural priority of the mind in explanations of meaning, and gives an independent characterisation of its features. It is a commonplace that in making decisions agents often have to juggle competing values, and that no available choice Will maximise satisfaction of all of them. Prevailing accounts of rational decision making in such contexts asume that, once all factors are taken into consideration, the decision maker will reach a single ranking of his values, resolving the conflict between them.

'Mind and Meaning is an impressive book - both for its wide-ranging discussion and synthesis of relevant literature and for the novel twist it gives to familiar strands from the philosophies of mind and language. [It is] the most elaborately articulated contribution to date to functionalist theories of propositional attitudes.' Nous 'Every philosopher of mind in the mainstream British and American tradition should read this book.' Philosophy of Science

Introduction
Propositional attitudes in the theory of mind
Explicating attitude-ascriptions
Functional theories
How to interpret ascriptions of beliefs and desires
Beliefs about particulars
Objectively determinate beliefs and our knowledge of them
Intentionality without intensions
Why truth?
Language and meaning
Public language semantics
Index
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ISBN: 9780521338264
ISBN-10: 0521338263
Series: Cambridge Studies in Philosophy
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 284
Published: 24th November 1986
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.36

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