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Transcending the Code

David Hodgson

in The Mind Matters

Published in print February 1993 | ISBN: 9780198240686
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680236 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198240686.003.0009

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

Transcending the Code

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Conscious mental events, the events of the mind, can be considered as being to some extent encoded in physical events of the brain. However, the arguments of the previous four chapters suggest that mental events have properties which are not themselves fully captured by the code of physical events; so that mental events and mind somehow transcend the physical events which encode them. This chapter supports this suggestion in two other ways. First, it considers intentionality, the apparent power of the mind to treat words or perceptions as referring to objects and events in the real world. Second, it considers the central, and indispensable, role of mind in the life and world of every human being. In an important sense, the totality of each person's world comprises his or her mental events and states.

Keywords: intentionality; mind; reality; mental events; physical events

Chapter.  4367 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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