Human Thought

Human Thought

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Conscious experience and thought content are customarily treated as distinct problems. This book argues that they are not. Part One develops a chastened empiricist theory of content, which cedes to experience a crucial role in rooting the contents of thoughts, but deploys an expanded conception of experience and of the ways in which contents may be rooted in experience. Part Two shows how, were the world as we experience it to be, our neurophysiology would be sufficient to constitute capacities for the range of intuitive thoughts recognized by Part One. Part Three argues that physics has shown that our experience is not veridical, and that this implies that no completely plausible account of how we have thoughts is comprehensible by humans. Yet this leaves thoughts not especially suspect, because such considerations also imply that all positive and contingent human conceptions of anything are false.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 481 pages
  • 158 x 238 x 28mm | 879.96g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • New edition
  • Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1997
  • IX, 481 p.
  • 0792344022
  • 9780792344025

Table of contents

1. Introduction. Part One: Content. 2. From Content to Representational Content. 3. From Representational Content to Basic Content. 4. Basic Content and Experience. 5. Microevents. 6. Phenomenal Elements. 7. Causal Elements. Part Two: Conceiving Agents. 8. Thoughts. 9. Thought Skepticism. 10. Words and Meaning. 11. Resources. 12. Experience and Quasi-Experience. 13. Thought Beyond Experience. Part Three: Experience and Plausibility. 14. Phenomenal Objects. 15. Mere Phenomenal Experience. 16. Causal Experience. 17. Relativity and Causal Experience. 18. Classical Experience and Quantum Mechanics. 19. Conclusion. Index.
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