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The Good and the True : Oxford Philosophical Monographs - Michael Morris

The Good and the True

Oxford Philosophical Monographs

Hardcover

Published: 5th November 1992
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This book provides a radical alternative to naturalistic theories of content, and offers a new conception of the place of mind in the world. Confronting head-on the scientific conception of the nature of reality that has dominated the Anglo-American philosophical tradition, Michael Morris here presents a detailed analysis of content and propositional attitudes, based on the idea that truth is a value. In the course of this analysis, he rejects the causal theory of the explanation of behaviour and replaces it with an alternative which depends upon a rich conception of the behaviour we explain with reference to states of mind. According to the theory presented here, our understanding of other people is inextricably involved with our evaluation of what they do, and the objectivity of truth depends on the objectivity of moral goodness. Dr Morris's lucid and detailed exposition of his controversial argument sounds an emphatic challenge to the naturalistic orthodoxy in areas as diverse as metaphysics, ethics, and cognitive science.

`Morris's bold venture merits careful attention ... This book is like a breath of fresh air in the face of sterile and reductive neo-functional accounts of content. It captures the insight that human psychology is adapted to tracking human and social responses to the world rather than forging some individualistic extension-response based path through it ... I find Morris's views and arguments deeply congenial. His book is, I believe, essential reading for those wanting seriously to engage with current controversies in the philosophy of mind and content and to examine their impact on our epistemology.' Philosophical Investigations

Prefacep. vii
Notational Conventionp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Metaphysics and Contentp. 9
Philosophical Theories And Metaphysical Schemesp. 11
Conceptualism is Kantianp. 21
Informativenessp. 33
Scientismp. 41
A Proposal for a Scientific Metaphysicsp. 54
The Shape of a Theory Of Contentp. 73
What is a Theory of Content?p. 75
Unified Externalismp. 86
The Explanation of Behaviourp. 106
An Evaluative Theory of Contentp. 141
The Core of a Theoryp. 143
Intrinsic Assessabilityp. 182
Truth and Virtuep. 214
Understanding Peoplep. 243
Word-Meaning and Opacityp. 284
Bibliographyp. 329
Indexp. 333
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ISBN: 9780198239444
ISBN-10: 0198239440
Series: Oxford Philosophical Monographs
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 350
Published: 5th November 1992
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 14.5  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.58