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Speaking My Mind: Grammar, Epistemology, and (Some) Ontology

Dorit Bar-On

in Speaking My Mind

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780199276288
Published online October 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602894 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199276285.003.0010
Speaking My Mind: Grammar, Epistemology, and (Some) Ontology

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The final chapter explains how the Neo-Expressivist account developed meets the theoretical desiderata outlined in the introduction. It then offers reflections on possible implications of the account of avowals defended in the book for certain metaphysical issues in the philosophy of mind. In particular, the author addresses the issue of the reality of mental states, and the extent to which mental states are ontologically independent of expressive behaviour.

Keywords: epistemology; expressive behaviour; ontology; realism; mental states

Chapter.  13270 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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