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Mind and Brain

Bede Rundle

in Mind in Action

Published in print October 1997 | ISBN: 9780198236917
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679414 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198236917.003.0002
Mind and Brain

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If there is reason to query mental causation, there may also be a problem to know what to put in its place. In particular, it would be interesting to know what succeeds the usual accounts of action in which a causal role for thought and desire is both explicit and central. Commonly, there is a grandiose conception of the mind that may go with an ascription to it of a causally executive role. For instance, it is common notion that perception invariably involves a conceptual or aspectual element — that all seeing is seeing as. In a similar regard, sensations are rightly thought of as bodily happenings that has to do with location, not with constitution, or thoughts and beliefs are commonly taken to be objects of a ‘propositional attitude’ and all these remain to be further ‘demystified’.

Keywords: mental causation; thought; desire; perception; sensations; beliefs; mind; brain; expression; physicalism

Chapter.  18119 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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