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Explaining Attitudes - A Practical Approach to the Mind - 1st edition

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1st edition
Very good like new condition with little to no shelf wear
Explaining Attitudes develops a new account of propositional attitudes - practical realism. Practical realism is an antidote to the now-dominant 'Standard View', according to which beliefs, if there are any, are identical to or are constituted by brain states. Practical realism takes beliefs to be states of whole persons, rather like states of health. Explaining Attitudes offers a timely and 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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Author(s):
Rudder Baker, Lynne
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
1995
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
052142190X
ISBN-13:
9780521421904
Number of pages:
246
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

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1st edition
Very good like new condition with little to no shelf wear
Explaining Attitudes develops a new account of propositional attitudes - practical realism. Practical realism is an antidote to the now-dominant 'Standard View', according to which beliefs, if there are any, are identical to or are constituted by brain states. Practical realism takes beliefs to be states of whole persons, rather like states of health. Explaining Attitudes offers a timely and 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.

Author(s):
Rudder Baker, Lynne
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
1995
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
052142190X
ISBN-13:
9780521421904
Number of pages:
246
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

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