Language, Thought, and Other Biological Categories: New Foundations for Realism

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MIT Press, 1984 - Psychology - 355 pages
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Beginning with a general theory of function applied to body organs, behaviors, customs, and both inner and outer representations, 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. The results support a realist theory of truth and of universals, and open the way for a nonfoundationalist and nonholistic approach to epistemology.

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Contents

Chapter 1
17
Chapter 2
39
Chapter 4
56
Language Device Types Dictionary Senses Stabilizing Proper
71
Chapter 5
85
Chapter 7
115
Chapter 8
127
Chapter 9
147
Quotation Marks Says That and Believes That
207
Chapter 14
221
Chapter 15
239
Chapter 16
257
Chapter 17
283
Chapter 18
297
Chapter 19
311
Epilogue
325

Chapter 10
161
Chapter 11
175
Chapter 12
193

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Ruth Garrett Millikan is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of Connecticut. She is the author of Language, Thought, and Other Biological Categories (MIT Press, 1984) and White Queen Psychology and Other Essays for Alice (MIT Press, 1995) and On Clear and Confused Ideas.

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