Reasoning, Meaning, and Mind (Google eBook)

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Oxford University Press, Jul 1, 1999 - Philosophy - 302 pages
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Gilbert Harman presents a selection of fifteen interconnected essays on fundamental issues at the centre of analytic philosophy. The book opens with a group of four essays discussing basic principles of reasoning and rationality. The next three essays argue against the idea that certain claims are true by virtue of meaning and knowable by virtue of meaning. In the third group of essays Harman sets out his own view of meaning, arguing that it depends upon the functioning of concepts in reasoning, perception, and action, by which these concepts are related to the world. He also examines the relation between language and thought. The final three essays investigate the nature of mind, developing further the themes already set out. Reasoning, Meaning, and Mind offers an integrated presentation of this rich and influential body of work.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
what Hypotheses to Take Seriously
75
Pragmatism and Reasons for Belief
93
The Death of Meaning
119
Doubts about Conceptual Analysis
138
Analyticity Regained?
144
Three Levels of Meaning
155
Language Thought and Communication
166
Meaning and Semantics
192
Nonsolipsistic Conceptual Role Semantics
206
Wide Functionalism
235
The Intrinsic Quality of Experience
244
Immanent and Transcendent Approaches
262
Bibliography
277
Index of Names
287
Copyright

Language Learning
183

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