The unifying theme of these thirteen essays is understanding. The thirteen essays collected here are all, in one way or another, about understanding: What is it? What does it take to have it? What does it presuppose in what. Having Thought. Essays in the metaphysics of mind. John Haugeland harvard university press. Cambridge, Massachusetts and London, England

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John Townsend rated it it was amazing Jan 09, LR Baker – unknown. We can of course extrapolate back from our current vantage point and fix and answer such questions, using ourselves as the touchstone for colors, but we must recognize that we are doing that.

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For all its brilliance, this essay will not be readily understood by those without a substantial knowledge of baseball; the many allusions to the lore of the game really do a lot of work, and I know from experience that British philosophers of mind miss a lot of the wisdom. I think John Haugeland might just be the best living philosopher. Although Haugeland uses games chess and empirical havng as the major examples for his theory of objectivity, I wonder how these same theories could be applied haugland other human practices that have claim to truth faith communities, art movements, etc.

Wimsatt – – Biology and Philosophy 21 5: In the first group of essays, John Haugeland addresses mind and intelligence. Joh unifying theme of these thirteen essays is understanding. Open Preview See a Problem?


What is objective knowledge, and how is it possible? This book is not yet featured on Listopia. His view is a close kin, I think, of my view of the evolution of colors: Will rated it it was amazing May 09, Haugeland sets out to show that the received wisdom is not just bedeviled by unsolved problems everybody knows thatbut that these problems are unlikely to be solved since this underlying assumption is a huge mistake.

Having Thought

Finally, I want to end this review with a specific compliment and a general complaint and call to arms. A great start for study of phil of mind Were there dinosaurs before H. Haugeland is right to resist the popular, lazy idea of language as a magic fulcrum; but what about language as a garden-variety fulcrum, causally required in this world for chess, for building aircraft carriers– and for A normativity itself? Harvard University Press Intelligibility comes to the fore in a set of “metaphysical” pieces on analog and digital systems and supervenience.

Dennett – – Cambridge: His classes were challenging and engaging–the quality of teaching in that department was better than the graduate school I attended–and he is a very kind person to boot. The fundamental reconception involves taking on a hitherto unremarked distinction between recordingwhich can be a A witless process, and representingwhich, in general, cannot.

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When I explained Haugeland’s theory to a friend, he mentioned that it sounds like the simple schema Great analytic metaphysics that is consistent with theories in embodied cognition. Most philosophical books and articles have a rather plodding plan of attack, along the lines of: Thought Experiments in Metaphilosophy categorize this paper.


First, how can intelligence itself be understood scientifically as in “cognitive science” ; and second, how can the scientific endeavor, so conceived, account for the possibility of a self or subject that understands?

I find that placing a Postit on the edge of the current notes page provides a useful fingertab, and can be moved along as one goes, but this is still an annoying interruption.

Join Our Mailing List: I now think he is largely right. Science Logic and Mathematics. Zenzen Limited preview – Hohn necessary interdependence between personality and intelligence is developed and explained, specifically in the conditions of the possibility of objective scientific knowledge.

The third group of essays, Meaning, addresses the pivotal topics of representation and intentionality, with particular emphasis on the diversity of possibilities – including those that are not symbolic and not internal.

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