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C. B. Martin

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199234103

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199234103.001.0001

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Two Jokes Explained

Two Jokes Explained

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(p.158) 12 Two Jokes Explained
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The Mind in Nature
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C. B. Martin (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199234103.003.0012

This chapter begins with a discussion of the private world problem, and argues that with or without sensations, the spectre of the ‘private world’ arises equally, so sensations are not the problem if there is a ‘private world problem’. It is also argued that the role of knowledge of behaviour (or what a sensation is ‘apt to cause’) and/or physical circumstances (or that by which the sensation is ‘apt to be caused’) needs better understanding. The rejection of analogical ways of thinking about the experiences of others and the complementary fixation on public, observable, shared behaviour and circumstances leads — when carried to its fair conclusion — to a second joke, which is explained in the chapter.

Keywords:   private world problem, sensations, knowledge of behaviour, apt to cause, apt to be caused

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