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Reasoning, Meaning, and Mind - Gilbert Harman

Reasoning, Meaning, and Mind

Paperback Published: 1st September 1999
ISBN: 9780198238027
Number Of Pages: 304

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Gilbert Harman presents a selection of fifteen interconnected essays on fundamental issues at the centre of analytic philosophy. The book opens with a group of four essays discussing basic principles of reasoning and rationality. The next three essays argue against the idea that certain claims are true by virtue of meaning and knowable by virtue of meaning. In the third group of essays Harman sets out his own view of meaning, arguing that it depends upon the functioning of concepts in reasoning, perception, and action, by which these concepts are related to the world. He also examines the relation between language and thought. The final three essays investigate the nature of mind, developing further the themes already set out. Reasoning, Meaning, and Mind offers an integrated presentation of this rich and influential body of work.

This is a collection of previously published papers. It is a pleasure to see them reedited, updated, and available under one cover at an accessible paperback price....Devoted followers of QUinian empiricism and naturalist methodology...will find much in this work to enjoy and applaud. Opponents will find much to disturb and trouble them. All will be stimulated. * Review of Metaphysics *

Introduction Part I. Reasoning 1: Rationality 2: Practical Reasoning 3: Simplicity as a Pragmatic Criterion for Deciding What Hypotheses to Take Seriously 4: Pragmatism and Reasons for Belief Part II. Analyticity 5: The Death of Meaning 6: Doubts about Conceptual Analysis 7: Analyticity Regained? Part III. Meaning 8: Three Levels of Meaning 9: Language, Thought, and Communication 10: Language Learning 11: Meaning and Semantics 12: (Nonsolipsistic) Conceptual Role Semantics Part IV. Mind 13: Wide Functionalism 14: The Intrinsic Quality of Experience 15: Immanent versus Transcendent Theories of Meaning and Mind Bibliography Index

ISBN: 9780198238027
ISBN-10: 0198238029
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st September 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.42 x 15.7  x 1.73
Weight (kg): 0.43