Deconstructing the Mind

Deconstructing the Mind

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During the past two decades, debates over the viability of commonsense psychology have occupied center stage in both cognitive science and the philosophy of mind. A group of prominent philosophers known as eliminativists argue that advances in cognitive science and neuroscience will ultimately justify a rejection of our folk theory of mind because it gives a radically mistaken account of mental life. In Deconstructing the Mind, distinguished philosopher Stephen Stich, once a leading advocate of eliminativism, offers a bold and compelling reassessment of this view. The book opens with a groundbreaking multi-part essay in which Stich maintains that even if the sciences develop in the ways that eliminativists foresee, none of the arguments for ontological elimination are tenable. Succeeding essays explore folk psychology in more detail, develop a systematic critique of simulation theory, and counter widespread concern about naturalizing psychological properties.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 232 pages
  • 154 x 234 x 16mm | 335g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 16 line figures
  • 0195126661
  • 9780195126662
  • 1,255,458

Table of contents

1.: Deconstructing the Mind
2.: with William Ramsey and Joseph Garon: Connectionism, Eliminativism, and the Future of Folk Psychology
3.: with Ian Ravenscroft: What Is Fold Psychology?
4.: with Shaun Nichols: How Do Minds Understand Minds? Mental Simulation versus Tacit Theory
5.: with Stephen Laurence: Intentionality and Naturalism
6.: Naturalism, Positivism, and Pluralism
References
Index
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Review quote

Stich's argument, presented in the first chapter, will surely become a classic essay in the study of mind....Surely ought not to be missed. * Choice *
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