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Synthese Library

Representational Ideas

From Plato to Patricia Churchland

Authors: Watson, R. A.

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In Representational Ideas: From Plato to Patricia Churchland Watson argues that all intelligible theories of representation by ideas are based on likeness between representations and objects. He concludes that 17th century materialist criticisms of `having' mental representations in the mind apply to contemporary material representations in the brain, as proposed by neurophilosophers. The argument begins with Plato, with particular stress on Descartes, Malebranche, and Arnauld. He then proceeds with an examination of the picture theory developed by Wittgenstein, Carnap, and Goodman, and concludes with an examination of Patricia Churchland, Ruth Millikan, Robert Cummins, and Mark Rollins. The use of the historical development of representationalism to pose a central problem in contemporary cognitive science is unique.
For students, scholars and researchers in neuroscience, cognitive science, philosophy of mind, and modern philosophy.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Representational Ideas
Book Subtitle
From Plato to Patricia Churchland
Authors
Series Title
Synthese Library
Series Volume
250
Copyright
1995
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-011-0075-5
DOI
10.1007/978-94-011-0075-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-3453-8
Softcover ISBN
978-94-010-4037-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 184
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