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Reasoning, Meaning, and Mind

Gilbert Harman


Many themes in the papers collected here are negative: there is no a priori knowledge or analytic truth; logic is not a theory of reasoning; a theory of truth conditions is not a theory of meaning; a purely objective account of meaning or mind cannot say what words mean or what it is like to see things in colour. Other themes are positive: theoretical reasoning has important practical aspects; meaning depends on how words are used to think with i.e. on how concepts function in reasoning, perception and action; the relevant uses or functions relate concepts to aspects of the environment and oth ... More

Keywords: a priori, analyticity, colour, concepts, experience, functionalism, Gilbert Harman, knowledge, logic, meaning, mind, philosophy, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, rationality, reasoning, translation, understanding

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780198238027
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198238029.001.0001


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Gilbert Harman, author
Princeton University
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