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Explaining attitudes : a practical approach to the mind

Responsibility Lynne Rudder Baker
Series Cambridge studies in philosophy / general editor, Ernest Sosa
Material Type Book
Publisher Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press
Year 1995
Language English
Size xi, 246 p. ; 22 cm
Abstract Explaining Attitudes offers a timely and important challenge to the dominant conception of belief found in the work of such philosophers as Dretske and Fodor. According to this dominant view, beliefs,...if they exist at all, are constituted by states of the brain. Rudder Baker rejects this view and replaces it with a quite different approach: practical realism. Seen from the perspective of practical realism, any argument that tries to interpret beliefs as either brain states or immaterial souls is a false dichotomy. Practical realism takes beliefs to be states of whole persons, rather like states of health. What a person believes is determined by what a person would do, say, and think in various circumstances. Thus beliefs and other attitudes are interwoven into an integrated, commonsensical conception of reality.
Explaining Attitudes offers a timely and important challenge to the dominant conception of belief found in the work of such philosophers as Dretske and Fodor. According to this dominant view, beliefs, if they exist at all, are constituted by states of the brain. Rudder Baker rejects this view and replaces it with a quite different approach: practical realism. Seen from the perspective of practical realism, any argument that tries to interpret beliefs as either brain states or immaterial souls is a false dichotomy. Practical realism takes beliefs to be states of whole persons, rather like states of health. What a person believes is determined by what a person would do, say, and think in various circumstances. Thus beliefs and other attitudes are interwoven into an integrated, commonsensical conception of reality.
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: pbk. Social and Cultural Studies 050212000004850 114.2/B 15/50000485 1995

Bibliographic details

Notes Includes bibliographical references and index
Authors *Baker, Lynne Rudder, 1944-
Subjects LCSH:Philosophy of mind
LCSH:Attitude (Psychology)
Classification LCC:BD418.3
DC20:128/.2
NDC8:114
ID 1000548780
ISBN 0521420539
NCID BA25046220
Vol : hard ; ISBN:0521420539
: pbk. ; ISBN:052142190X
Created Date 2009.09.14
Modified Date 2009.09.14

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