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Naturalizing the Mind (Jean Nicod Lectures)

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How can the baffling problems of phenomenal experience be accounted for? In this provocative book, Fred Dretske argues that to achieve an understanding of the mind it is not enough to understand the biological machinery by means of which the mind does its job. One must understand what the mind's job is and how this task can be performed by a physical system — the nervous ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 21st 1997 by Bradford Book
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Sep 04, 2008 Matt rated it it was ok
Shelves: philosophy, mind
Dretske never met a false analogy he did not like. That pretty much wraps up my main frustration with this book. He uses SO many analogies in this book in order to explain his theory of mind, but the vast majority are so plainly not analogous to the mind.

In addition, he is operating under a definition of consciousness that Chalmers calls "The Easy Problem" and thus this book sets out to form a theory about that which needs no philosophical theory, and in doing so ignores that which is need of ex
Jul 09, 2013 Brandi rated it it was ok
Weird idea of how we perceive reality. If you can call it that. Representation plays a huge role, so it seems not so far off from empirical psychology, but it adds that qualia stuff in there. Qualia. Qualia. Qualia. bleh.
Jan 24, 2008 Gerardo rated it really liked it
An incredibly clear and lucid explication of Representationalism. I disagree with the dispositionalist aspect of his theory, it requires abandoning physicalism, but he provides a good starting point for more accurate theory.
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This book advances a representational theory of mental content as the best way of integrating a biological account of intentionality and introspection.
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Frederick Irwin Dretske is a philosopher noted for his contributions to epistemology and the philosophy of mind. Recent work centers on conscious experience and self-knowledge. He was awarded the Jean Nicod Prize in 1994. Dretske received his Ph.D from The University of Minnesota and taught for a number of years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison before moving to Stanford University. After ...more
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