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The World, the Flesh and the SubjectContinental Themes in Philosophy of Mind and Body$
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Paul Gilbert and Kathleen Lennon

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780748614981

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748614981.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction
Source:
The World, the Flesh and the Subject
Author(s):

Paul Gilbert

Kathleen Lennon

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748614981.003.0008

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

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