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Seven Puzzles of Thought and How to Solve Them

R. M. Sainsbury and Michael Tye

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199695317
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738531 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695317.001.0001
Seven Puzzles of Thought and How to Solve Them

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How can one think about the same thing twice without knowing that it's the same thing? How can one think about nothing at all (for example Pegasus, the mythical flying horse)? Is thinking about oneself special? One could mistake one's car for someone else's, but it seems one could not mistake one's own headache for someone else's. Why not? This book provides an entirely new theory which answers these puzzles and more. The framework is an account of the mind that sees it as part of nature, as opposed to something with supernatural powers. This means that human beings have more opportunities to make mistakes than many have liked to think.

Keywords: thinking; account of the mind; nature; supernatural powers; mistakes; thought

Book.  208 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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Roads Not Taken in Seven Puzzles of Thought and How to Solve Them

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Overview of an Originalist Theory of Concepts in Seven Puzzles of Thought and How to Solve Them

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The Originalist Theory Defended and Elaborated in Seven Puzzles of Thought and How to Solve Them

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Concept Externalism, Originalism and Privileged Access in Seven Puzzles of Thought and How to Solve Them

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The Metaphysics of Thought in Seven Puzzles of Thought and How to Solve Them

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The Puzzles Solved in Seven Puzzles of Thought and How to Solve Them

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Further Applications: Originalism and Experience in Seven Puzzles of Thought and How to Solve Them

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Objections and Replies in Seven Puzzles of Thought and How to Solve Them

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