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Deconstructing the Mind

Stephen P. Stich


Eliminativism (or eliminative materialism) has been an important and provocative view in the philosophy of mind since the 1970s. Eliminativism claims that the mental states alluded to in our ordinary talk about the mind – particularly intentional states like beliefs, desires, and thoughts – are the posits of a badly mistaken “folk” theory, and thus, like phlogiston, witches and other posits of badly mistaken theories, they do not exist. This volume is a collection of essays that systematically examine the arguments for eliminativism. Ch. 2 illustrates the way in which connectionist models of b ... More

Keywords: belief, connectionism, desire, eliminativism, folk psychology, intentional states, mental states, philosophy of mind, reference, simulation theory

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Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780195126662
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195126661.001.0001


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Stephen P. Stich, author
Rutgers University, New Brunswick
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