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The World in the Head

Robert Cummins


This book collects the best of the author's papers on mental representation and psychological explanation. Running through the chapters are a pair of themes: that explaining the mind requires functional analysis, not subsumption under ‘psychological laws’, and that the propositional attitudes — belief, desire, intention — and their interactions, while real, are not the key to understanding the mind at a fundamental level. Taking these ideas seriously puts considerable strain on standard conceptions of rationality and reasoning, on truth-conditional semantics, and on our interpretation of exper ... More

Keywords: mental representation, psychological explanation, functional analysis, propositional attitudes, rationality, reasoning, philosophy of mind

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Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199548033
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199548033.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Cummins, author
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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