Chapter

Concepts of Mental States

Alvin I. Goldman

in Simulating Minds

Published in print August 2006 | ISBN: 9780195138924
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786480 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195138929.003.0010

Series: Philosophy of Mind Series

 Concepts of Mental States

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A concept in the psychological sense is the mental representation of a category, and a mental concept is the mental representation of a mental category or type, such as belief, desire, fear, or hunger. What are the vehicles of mental concepts and what are their contents? There is a proprietary internal code, the introspective code, which employs introspection-derived mental vehicles to represent mental categories. Introspection-based concepts bear some similarity to the notion of self-directed recognitional concepts, articulated by Loar. This approach contrasts with the functional-role approach to mental concepts that is naturally associated with theory theory.

Keywords: concepts; contents; functional role; internal code; introspective code; Loar; mental vehicles

Chapter.  8203 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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