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Language, Thought and Consciousness An Essay in Philosophical Psychology

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ISBN-10: 0521639999

ISBN-13: 9780521639996

Edition: 1998 (Reprint)

Authors: Peter Carruthers

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In this book the author claims that much of human conscious thinking is conducted in the medium of natural language sentences.
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Book details

List price: $47.99
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/19/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 308
Size: 5.94" wide x 8.98" long x 0.83" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

The geography of the issues
Conceptual versus natural modality
Implications for philosophy and psychology
Of wolves and wolf-children
Stalnaker's intelligent Martians
Anti-realist arguments
Realism in mind
Innateness and theory of mind
Thinking: images or sentences?
Which language do we think with?
The evidence from scientific psychology
The evidence of introspection: images and imaged sentences
The scope and strength of the introspective thesis
Objections and elucidations
Fallible introspection and Fodor
Individuating propositional attitudes
Animals and infants
Language-learning and sub-personal thought
Thought-based semantics
The argument from foreign believers
Grice's thought-based semantics
Two objections
Searle's version of thought-based semantics
A marriage of Searle and Fodor?
Causal co-variance theories
Misrepresentation, and asymmetric causal dependence
The all Ss problem
Holism and language
From mental realism to Mentalese
The demand for scientific vindication
The problem of holism
Between holism and atomism
Arguments for holism
The need for a language-based semantics
Language-based semantics 1: functional-role semantics
Language-based semantics 2: canonical acceptance conditions
First steps towards a theory of consciousness
Retrospect: the need for a theory of consciousness
Conscious versus non-conscious mental states
Cartesian consciousness
Why Cartesianism won't do
What kind of theory do we want?
Kirk: presence to central decision-making
Higher-order discrimination and feel
The case for higher-order thought theory
Second (-order) steps towards a theory of consciousness
Theory 1: actual and conscious
Theory 2: actual and non-conscious
Theory 3: potential and non-conscious
Theory 4: potential and conscious
Dennett 1978: availability to print-out
Dennett 1991: multiple drafts and probes
Time and indeterminacy
Dennett on the place of language in thought
A reflexive thinking theory of consciousness
Reflexive thinking theory
Contrasts and advantages
Conscious versus non-conscious thinking
Objections and elucidations
The problem of unity
The problem of phenomenal feel
A Cartesian Theatre?
Animals and infants revisited
The involvement of language in conscious thinking
An architecture for human thinking
An evolutionary story
The argument from introspection revisited
Working memory and the central executive
The thesis of natural necessity (weak)
Objections and elucidations
The thesis of natural necessity (strong)
The scope and significance of NN