Collected Papers, Volume 1: Mind and Language, 1972-2010

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This volume collects the best and most influential essays that Stephen Stich has published in the last 40 years on topics in the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of language. They discuss a wide range of topics including grammar, innateness, reference, folk psychology, eliminativism, connectionism, evolutionary psychology, simulation theory, social construction, and psychopathology. However, they are unified by two central concerns. The first is the viability of the commonsense conception of the mind in the face of challenges posed by both philosophical arguments and empirical findings. The second is the philosophical implications of research in the cognitive sciences which, in the last half century, has transformed both our understanding of the mind and the ways in which the mind is studied. The volume includes a new introductory essay that elaborates on these themes and offers an overview of the papers that follow.

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Dennett on Intentional Systems

Daniel Dennett has elaborated an interconnected—and increasingly influential—set of views on the philosophy of mind, the philosophy of psychology, and those parts of moral philosophy that deal with the notions of freedom, responsibility, and personhood. The central unifying theme is his co... see more

Folk Psychology

Robert Gordon and Alvin Goldman, along with other philosophers, have challenged the received view about the cognitive mechanisms underlying our ability to describe, predict, and explain people's behavior. They agree in denying that an internally represented folk-psychological theory plays ... see more

The Flight to Reference, or How Not to Make Progress in the Philosophy of Science

A strategy called “the flight to reference” is commonly used by contemporary philosophers to resolve issues in the philosophy of science. The strategy involves making philosophical issues turn on questions of reference. This chapter defends the thesis that, whenever the flight to reference... see more

Semantics, Cross-Cultural Style

Theories of meaning and reference have been at the heart of analytic philosophy since the beginning of the twentieth century. Two views have dominated the field: the descriptivist view of reference and the causal-historical view of reference. The common wisdom in philosophy is that Kripke ... see more

Against Arguments from Reference

This chapter focuses on arguments that derive philosophically significant conclusions from the assumption of one or another theory of reference—what are called “arguments from reference.” It first considers the structure of arguments from reference, and reviews a number of projects in seve... see more

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