The Non-Reificatory Approach to Belief

Authors: Floyd, Richard

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  • Presents a timely defense of a non-reificatory notion of belief
  • Argues that the attachment of the behaviourist label to Ryle and Wittgenstein is unjustified
  • Explains how the non-reificatory approach was born out of the ordinary language philosophy of the twentieth century
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This book argues against the mainstream view that we should treat propositional attitudes as internal states, suggesting that to treat beliefs as things of certain sort (i.e. to reify them) is a mistake. The reificatory view faces several problems that the non-reificatory view avoids, and it is argued the non-reificatory view is more faithful to the everyday concept of belief. There are several major reasons why it might be thought that a reificatory approach to mental states is nevertheless unavoidable, but this book attempts to show that none of these reasons is at all convincing; in each case, the evidence is consistent with a non-reificatory view. Having argued that the popularity of the reificatory view is unjustified, the author examines history of psychology and philosophy of mind, and the structure of psychological language, in order to show that this popularity is quite understandable, but mistaken nonetheless.

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Richard Floyd received his PhD from Lancaster University, UK. He has taught philosophy at the Universities of Lancaster, Manchester, and Cumbria. This is his first book.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Non-Reificatory Approach to Belief
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-59873-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-59873-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-59872-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-86723-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 212
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