On Clear and Confused Ideas
An Essay about Substance Concepts
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On Clear and Confused Ideas by Ruth Garrett Millikan
Book DescriptionWritten by one of today's most creative and innovative philosophers, Ruth Garrett Millikan, this book examines basic empirical concepts; how they are acquired, how they function, and how they have been misrepresented in the traditional philosophical literature. Millikan places cognitive psychology in an evolutionary context where human cognition is assumed to be an outgrowth of primitive forms of mentality, and assumed to have 'functions' in the biological sense. Of particular interest are her discussions of the nature of abilities as different from dispositions, her detailed analysis of the psychological act of reidentifying substances, and her critique of the language of thought for mental representation. In a radical departure from current philosophical and psychological theories of concepts, this book provides the first in-depth discussion on the psychological act of reidentification.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521625531
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 31-Jul-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Ruth Garrett Millikan
Varieties of Meaning, Paperback (August 2006)
How the various things that are said to have meaning--purpose, natural signs, linguistic signs, perceptions, and thoughts--are related to one another.
Language, Paperback (August 2005)
Presents a different way of viewing the partial regularities that language displays, the norms and conventions of language. The central norms applying to language, like those norms of function and behavior that account for the survival and proliferation of biological traits, are non-evaluative norms.
On Clear and Confused Ideas, Hardback (July 2000)
Millikan provides the first in-depth discussion on the psychological act of reidentification.
Language, Thought and Other Biological Categories, Paperback (January 1988)» View all books by Ruth Garrett Millikan
Ruth Millikan argues that the intentionality of language can be described without reference to speaker intentions and that an understanding of the intentionality of thought can and should be divorced from the problem of understanding consciousness.
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