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On Clear and Confused Ideas : An Essay about Substance Concepts - Ruth Garrett Millikan

On Clear and Confused Ideas

An Essay about Substance Concepts

Paperback Published: 28th November 2000
ISBN: 9780521625531
Number Of Pages: 276

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Written by one of today's most creative and innovative philosophers, Ruth Garrett Millikan, this book examines basic empirical concepts; how they are acquired, how they function, and how they have been misrepresented in the traditional philosophical literature. Millikan places cognitive psychology in an evolutionary context where human cognition is assumed to be an outgrowth of primitive forms of mentality, and assumed to have 'functions' in the biological sense. Of particular interest are her discussions of the nature of abilities as different from dispositions, her detailed analysis of the psychological act of reidentifying substances, and her critique of the language of thought for mental representation. In a radical departure from current philosophical and psychological theories of concepts, this book provides the first in-depth discussion on the psychological act of reidentification.

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"The book has the rare merit of combining rigorous physical analysis with refreshingly original ideas." Philosophy and Phenomenological Research

Introducing substance concepts
Substances: the ontology
Classifying, identifying, and the function of substance concepts
The nature of abilities: how is extension determined?
More mama, more milk and more mouse: the structure and development of substance concepts
Substance concepts through language; knowing the meanings of words
How we make our ideas clear: epistemology for empirical concepts
Content and vehicle in perception
Sames versus sameness in conceptual contents and vehicles
Grasping sameness
In search of Strawsonian modes of presentation
Rejecting identity judgments and Fregean modes
Knowing what I'm thinking of
How extensions of new substance concepts are fixed: how substance concepts acquire intentionality
Cognitive luck: substance concepts in an evolutionary frame
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ISBN: 9780521625531
ISBN-10: 052162553X
Series: Cambridge Studies in Philosophy
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 276
Published: 28th November 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.73 x 15.22  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.38

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