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Introduction

Paul Gilbert and Kathleen Lennon

in The World, the Flesh and the Subject

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2005 | ISBN: 9780748614981
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652495 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748614981.003.0008
Introduction

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This introductory chapter sets out the purpose of this book, which is to develop an alternative to the dominant paradigm in contemporary Anglo-American philosophy of mind, i.e., functionalism. The alternative starts out from the very feature the dominant paradigm most neglects: the way psychological states explain behaviour by showing how they provide our reasons for acting as we do. The alternative paradigm is hermeneutic in aiming to make our actions intelligible to us, and phenomenological in doing so by revealing how the world presents itself to us when we so act.

Keywords: philosophy of mind; paradigm; functionalism

Chapter.  1381 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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