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The Ontology of Mind: Events, Processes, and States

Helen Steward


This book puts forward a radical critique of the foundations of contemporary philosophy of mind, arguing that it relies too heavily on insecure assumptions about the nature of some of the sorts of mental entities it postulates: the nature of events, processes, and states. The book offers an investigation of these three categories, clarifying the distinction between them, and argues specifically that the assumption that states can be treated as particular, event-like entities has been a huge and serious mistake. The book argues that the category of token state should be rejected, and develops a ... More

Keywords: philosophy of mind, mental entities, token states, causal role, mind-body problem

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198250647
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198250647.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Helen Steward, author
Balliol College, Oxford