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Explaining Attitudes: A Practical Approach to the Mind

Baker, Lynne Rudder

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ISBN 10: 0521420539 / ISBN 13: 9780521420532
Published by Cambridge University Press January 27, 1995, Cambridge ; New York, 1995
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246 pages. INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR on front end paper. Black cloth, gilt lettering to front and spine. No dust jacket. Clean, tight copy. Record # 458476. Bookseller Inventory # 458476

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Title: Explaining Attitudes: A Practical Approach ...

Publisher: Cambridge University Press January 27, 1995, Cambridge ; New York

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: None

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Explaining Attitudes offers a timely and important challenge to the dominant conception of belief found in the work of such philosophers as Dretske and Fodor. According to this dominant view, beliefs, if they exist at all, are constituted by states of the brain. Rudder Baker rejects this view and replaces it with a quite different approach: practical realism. Seen from the perspective of practical realism, any argument that tries to interpret beliefs as either brain states or immaterial souls is a false dichotomy. Practical realism takes beliefs to be states of whole persons, rather like states of health. What a person believes is determined by what a person would do, say, and think in various circumstances. Thus beliefs and other attitudes are interwoven into an integrated, commonsensical conception of reality.

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According to the dominant conception of belief found in the work of Dretske and Fodor, beliefs are represented by states of the brain. Rejecting the view, this work replaces it with "practical realism", wherein beliefs represent states of whole persons, rather like states of health.

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