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Explaining Attitudes A Practical Approach to the Mind

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ISBN-10: 052142190X

ISBN-13: 9780521421904

Edition: 1995

Authors: Lynne Rudder Baker, Jonathan Dancy, John Haldane, Gilbert Harman, Frank Jackson

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Explaining Attitudes offers a timely and important challenge to the dominant conception of belief found in the work of such philosophers as Dretske and Fodor. According to this dominant view, beliefs, if they exist at all, are constituted by states of the brain. Rudder Baker rejects this view and replaces it with a quite different approach: practical realism. Seen from the perspective of practical realism, any argument that tries to interpret beliefs as either brain states or immaterial souls is a false dichotomy. Practical realism takes beliefs to be states of whole persons, rather like states of health. What a person believes is determined by what a person would do, say, and think in…    
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List price: $51.99
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/27/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 5.51" wide x 8.50" long x 0.59" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Gilbert Harman is Stuart Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University and the author of Explaining Value and Other Essays in Moral Philosophy and Reasoning, Meaning, and Mind.

The Standard View and its Problems
Two conceptions of the attitudes
Content and causation
The myth of folk psychology
Explanation in Theory and Practice
On standards of explanatory adequacy
How beliefs explain
Practical Realism and its Prospects
Belief without reification
Mind and metaphysics
Practical realism writ large