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Causality, Interpretation, and the Mind
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Causality, Interpretation, and the Mind

William Child

Abstract

Explores the relation between interpretationism and causal theories in the philosophy of mind. Interpretationism is the view that we can understand the nature of the propositional attitudes by reflecting on the process of interpretation—the process of ascribing attitudes to a subject on the basis of what she says and does. Causal theories say that the concepts of common‐sense psychology—concepts such as action, perception, and memory—are essentially causal. Interpretationism and causal theories are sometimes combined, notably in the work of Donald Davidson. But it is often thought that they ar ... More

Keywords: action‐explanation, anomalism, anomalous monism, causal theory, Davidson, disjunctive conception, interpretation, interpretationism, uncodifiability, vision

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780198236252
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198236255.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William Child, author
University College, Oxford
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