By (author) Christopher Peacocke
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Truly Understood by Christopher Peacocke
Book DescriptionIn Truly Understood, Christopher Peacocke argues that truth and reference have a much deeper role in the explanation of meaning and understanding than has hitherto been appreciated. Examination of specific concepts shows that a grasp of these concepts has to be characterized in terms of reference, identity, and relations to the world. Peacocke develops a positive general theory of understanding based on the idea that concepts are individuated by their fundamental reference rules, which contrasts sharply with conceptual-role, inferentialist, and pragmatist approaches to meaning. He treats thought about the material world, about places and times, and about the self within the framework of this general account, and extends the theory to explain the normative dimensions of content, which he believes are founded in the network of connections between concepts and the level of reference and truth. In the second part of the book, Peacocke explores the application of this account to some problematic mental phenomena, including the conception of many subjects of experience, concepts of conscious states, mental action, and our ability to think about the contents of our own and others' mental states.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199239443
(241mm x 163mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 24-Apr-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Christopher Peacocke
Mirror of the World, Paperback (April 2016)
Christopher Peacocke presents a new theory of subjects of consciousness, together with a theory of the nature of first person representation. He identifies three sorts of self-consciousness-perspectival, reflective, and interpersonal-and argues that they are key to explaining features of our knowledge, social relations, and emotional lives.
Truly Understood, Paperback (April 2010)
What is it to be able to think about the material world, about oneself, and about other people? Christopher Peacocke argues that our concepts are to be explained in terms of the conditions in which they refer to aspects of the world. Reference and truth are fundamental in understanding.
Realm of Reason, Paperback (November 2005)
Presenting the theory of entitlement in the nexus of relations between truth, content, and understanding, this book formulates three principles of rationalism to articulate this conception. The principles imply that all entitlement has a component that is justificationally independent of experience.
New Essays on the a Priori, Paperback (October 2000)» View all books by Christopher Peacocke
Offers treatments on the topic of a priori, which is central to philosophical debate. This book examines its role in different areas of philosophical inquiry and also includes an editors' introduction. It is for those working on fundamental issues in epistemology or the philosophies of mind, language, logic, or mathematics.
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