Contemporary Pragmatism 1 (2):1-63 (2004)

Bjørn Ramberg
University of Oslo
Following Quine, Davidson, and Dennett, I take mental states and linguistic meaning to be individuated with reference to interpretation. The regulative principle of ideal interpretation is to maximize rationality, and this accounts for the distinctiveness and autonomy of the vocabulary of agency. This rationality-maxim can accommodate empirical cognitive-psychological investigation into the nature and limitations of human mental processing. Interpretivism is explicitly anti-reductionist, but in the context of Rorty's neo-pragmatism provides a naturalized view of agents. The interpretivist strategy affords a less despondent view of constructive philosophical activity than Rorty's own.
Keywords Epistemology  Interpretation  Linguistics  Mental Process  Mental States  Pragmatism  Richard Rorty
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DOI 10.1163/18758185-90000140
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