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Perception, Knowledge and Belief : Selected Essays - Fred I. Dretske

Perception, Knowledge and Belief

Selected Essays

Hardcover Published: 27th July 2000
ISBN: 9780521771818
Number Of Pages: 284

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This collection of essays by eminent philosopher Fred Dretske brings together work on the theory of knowledge and philosophy of mind spanning thirty years. The two areas combine to lay the groundwork for a naturalistic philosophy of mind. The fifteen essays focus on perception, knowledge, and consciousness. Together, they show the interconnectedness of Dretske's work in epistemology and his more contemporary ideas on philosophy of mind, shedding light on the links which can be made between the two. The first section of the book argues the point that knowledge consists of beliefs with the right objective connection to facts; two essays discuss this conception of knowledge's implications for naturalism. The next section articulates a view of perception, attempting to distinguish conceptual states from phenomenal states. A naturalized philosophy of mind, and thus a naturalized epistemology, is articulated in the third section. This collection will be a valuable resource for a wide range of philosophers and their students, and will also be of interest to cognitive scientists, psychologists, and philosophers of biology.

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'These essays are models of good philosophical writing. they are intricately argued, without ever being tortuous, profound yet without a hint of affectation, and boldly programmatic, while displaying care over details. Above all they are durable contributions to the subject.' Mind

Knowledge
Conclusive reasons
Epistemic operators
The pragmatic dimension of knowledge
The epistemology of belief
Two conceptions of knowledge: rational vs. reliable belief
Perception and Experience
Simple seeing
Conscious experience
Differences that make no difference
The mind's awareness of itself
What good is consciousness
Thought and Intentionality
Putting information to work
If you can't make one, you don't know how it works
The nature of thought
Norms and the constitution of the mental
Minds, machines, and money: what really explains behavior
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ISBN: 9780521771818
ISBN-10: 0521771811
Series: Cambridge Studies in Philosophy
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 284
Published: 27th July 2000
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.57 x 18.19  x 2.36
Weight (kg): 0.54

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