Body, Mind, and Method: Essays in Honor of Virgil C. Aldrich

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Donald F. Gustafson, B.L. Tapscott
Springer Science & Business Media, Nov 30, 1979 - Philosophy - 314 pages
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Simple seeing. Plain talking. Language in use and persons in action. These are among the themes of Virgil Aldrich's writings, from the 1930's onward. Throughout these years, he has been an explorer of conceptual geography: not as a foreign visitor studying an alien land, but close up 'in the language in which we live, move, and have our being'. This is his work. It is clear to those who know him best that he also has fun at it. Yet, in the terms of his oft-cited distinction, it is equally clear that he is to be counted not among the funsters of philosophy, but among its most committed workers. Funsters are those who attempt to do epistemology, metaphysics, or analysis by appealing to examples which are purely imaginary, totally fictional, as unrealistic as you like, 'completely unheard of'. Such imaginative wilfullness takes philosophers away from, not nearer to, 'the rough ground' (Wittgenstein) where our concepts have their origin and working place. In the funsters' imagined, 'barely possible' (but actually impossible) world, simple seeing becomes transformed into the sensing of sense-data; plain talk is rejected as imprecise, vague, and misleading; and per sons in action show up as ensouled physical objects in motion. Then the fly is in the bottle, buzzing out its tedious tunes: the problem of perception of the external world; the problem of meaning and what it is; the mind-body problem. Image-mongering has got the best of image-management.
 

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Contents

Simple Seeing
1
The What and the How
17
Dreams Scepticism and Waking Life
37
Reasonable Belief Without Justification
65
The Unnaturalness of Epistemology
77
On the Absence of Phenomenology
93
Wittgenstein on Psychological Verbs
115
Agents Mechanisms and Other Minds
129
Calculations Reasons and Causes
179
Deterministic Predictions
197
Purposes and Poetry
203
Beauty and Sex
225
How They Are and How They Arent
241
A Biographical Sketch
295
AN ALDRICH BIBLIOGRAPHY
297
INDEX OF NAMES
301

Pain Grammar and Physicalism
149
Memory and Causality
167

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