A Practical Approach to the Mind
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Explaining Attitudes by Lynne Rudder Baker
Book DescriptionExplaining Attitudes offers an 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. Lynne 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 interprets beliefs as either brain states or states of immaterial souls is a 'non-starter'. Practical realism takes beliefs to be states of the whole persons, rather like states of health. What a person believes is determined by what a person would do, say and think in various circumstances. Thus beliefs and other attitudes are interwoven into an integrated, commonsensical conception of reality.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521420532
(216mm x 138mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 27-Jan-1995
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Lynne Rudder Baker
Naturalism and the First-person Perspective, Hardback (April 2013)
This book investigates the limits of scientific naturalism. It has three goals: (1) to show that no wholly impersonal account of reality can be adequate to all phenomena; (2) to formulate a nonCartesian account of the first-person perspective; (3) to develop a 'near-naturalism' that accommodates the world of our encounters and interactions.
Metaphysics of Everyday Life, Paperback (September 2009)
Lynne Rudder Baker presents a unique account of the material world: the Constitution View.
Persons and Bodies, Paperback (January 2000)
A detailed account of the relation between human persons and their bodies.
Explaining Attitudes, Paperback (January 1995)» View all books by Lynne Rudder Baker
Explaining Attitudes develops an account of propositional attitudes - practical realism.
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Author Biography - Lynne Rudder Baker
Lynne Rudder Baker is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is the author of Explaining Attitudes (Cambridge University Press, 1995), Persons and Bodies (Cambridge University Press, 2000), The Metaphysics of Everyday Life (Cambridge University Press, 2007), and Saving Belief (1987).
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