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Representational Ideas : From Plato to Patricia Churchland :  From Plato to Patricia Churchland - R. A. Watson

Representational Ideas : From Plato to Patricia Churchland

From Plato to Patricia Churchland

Hardcover Published: November 1995
ISBN: 9780792334538
Number Of Pages: 184

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In Representational Ideas: From Plato to Patricia Churchland Watson argues that all intelligible theories of representation by ideas are based on likeness between representations and objects. He concludes that 17th century materialist criticisms of having' mental representations in the mind apply to contemporary material representations in the brain, as proposed by neurophilosophers. The argument begins with Plato, with particular stress on Descartes, Malebranche, and Arnauld. He then proceeds with an examination of the picture theory developed by Wittgenstein, Carnap, and Goodman, and concludes with an examination of Patricia Churchland, Ruth Millikan, Robert Cummins, and Mark Rollins. The use of the historical development of representationalism to pose a central problem in contemporary cognitive science is unique. For students, scholars and researchers in neuroscience, cognitive science, philosophy of mind, and modern philosophy.

Introductionp. 1
Appearance and Realityp. 1
Representational Ideasp. 3
Platonic Ideasp. 5
Aristotelean Formsp. 7
Like Knows Likep. 10
Ideas as Effects and Things as Causesp. 11
Resemblancep. 14
Ontological Modelsp. 17
Descartesp. 19
Image and Conceptp. 19
Imagination and Understandingp. 22
Sensations and Imagesp. 27
Non-Resembling Ideasp. 30
The Priority of Ontologyp. 36
What is an Idea?p. 37
What in an Idea Makes it be of its object?p. 43
Malebranche And Arnauldp. 49
Faculties, Capacities, and Dispositionsp. 49
Act, Content, and Objectp. 52
Ideas as Independent Objectsp. 54
Ideas as Acts of Mindp. 61
Ideas as Transparent, as Searchlights, and as Grapplesp. 64
Locke, Berkeley, And Humep. 66
Primary and Secondary Ideasp. 66
Non-Representational Ideasp. 68
Particular Ideasp. 73
The Picture Theoryp. 77
Wittgensteinp. 77
Carnapp. 82
Goodmanp. 87
Neurophilosophyp. 100
Patricia Churchlandp. 101
Ruth Millikanp. 109
Robert Cumminsp. 111
Mark Rollinsp. 114
Having Ideasp. 122
Conclusionp. 142
Notesp. 143
Bibliographyp. 157
Subject Indexp. 167
Name Indexp. 171
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ISBN: 9780792334538
ISBN-10: 0792334531
Series: Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science (Hardcover)
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: November 1995
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.45