Aims to introduce the main philosophical issues surrounding the idea of mental representation - or intentionality. It addresses the question "what does it take for one thing to represent another?", a question which is at the heart of much of today's research in philosophy and psychology.
This book will aim to introduce the main philosophical issues surrounding the idea of mental representation - or intentionality. It addresses the question "what does it take for one thing to represent another?" this question is at the heart of much of the most exciting research in the philosophy and psychology today. It has led to speculations about the mind's status as a computer, for example.
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The Mechanical Mind: The mechanical world picture; The mind. The Puzzle of Representation: The idea of representation; Pictures and resemblance; Linguistic representation; Mental representation; Thought and consciousness; Intentionality; Brentano's Thesis; From representation to the mind. Understanding Thinkers and their Thoughts: The mind-body problem; Understanding other minds; The causal picture of thoughts; Commonsense psychology; The science of thought - elimination or vindication; Theory versus simulation; From representation to computation. Computers and Thought: Asking the right questions; Computation, functions and algorithms; Turing machines; Coding and symbols; Instantiating a function and computing a function; Automatic algorithms; Thinking computers?; Artificial Intelligence; Can thinking be captured by rules and representations?; The Chinese Room; Can a computer think? The Mechanisms of Thought: Could the whole mind be a computer?; The language of thought; Syntax and semantics; The argument for the language of thought; Problems for the language of thought; "Brainy" computers; Computation and the mind. Explaining Mental Representation: Reduction and definition; Conceptual and naturalistic definitions; Causal theories of mental representation; The problem of error; Mental representation and success in action; Mental representation and biological functions; Against reduction and definition; The story so far.
The Mechanical Mind by Tim Crane
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