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Mind and Meaning

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ISBN-10: 0521338263

ISBN-13: 9780521338264

Edition: N/A

Authors: Brian Loar

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Is linguistic meaning to be accounted for independently of the states of mind of language users, or can it only be explained in terms of them? If the latter, what account of the mental states in question avoids circularity? In this book Brian Loar offers a subtle and comprehensive theory which both preserves the natural priority of the mind in explanations of meaning, and gives an independent characterisation of its features. It is a commonplace that in making decisions agents often have to juggle competing values, and that no available choice Will maximise satisfaction of all of them. Prevailing accounts of rational decision making in such contexts asume that, once all factors are taken…    
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Book details

List price: $39.99
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/25/1986
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 284
Size: 5.51" wide x 8.50" long x 0.63" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Introduction
Propositional attitudes in the theory of mind
Explicating attitude-ascriptions
Functional theories
How to interpret ascriptions of beliefs and desires
Beliefs about particulars
Objectively determinate beliefs and our knowledge of them
Intentionality without intensions
Why truth?
Language and meaning
Public language semantics
Index