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.
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