Ascribing Minds and Knowing What You Think

  • Dominic Murphy Unit for History and Philosophy of Science, University of Sydney

Abstract

In Mind Ascribed Bruno Mölder works out a powerful and subtle view according to which the ascription in mental states in folk psychology constitutes mental phenomena. I discuss two issues raised by his account. The first is the relation of the mind, so understood, to other phenomena, and in particular the sciences of the mind. If the mind is constituted by folk psychological ascription, can that ascription be constrained by the results of empirical investigation, or is folk psychology autonomous, if not a priori? Second, I suggest that the transparency view of introspection works very well as a supplement to the ascriptivist position.

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Published
2015-12-07
How to Cite
MURPHY, Dominic. Ascribing Minds and Knowing What You Think. Studia Philosophica Estonica, [S.l.], p. 1-8, dec. 2015. ISSN 1736-5899. Available at: <https://www.spe.ut.ee/ojs/index.php/spe/article/view/230>. Date accessed: 22 june 2018.
Section
Articles

Keywords

ascriptivism, Dennett, introspection, folk psychology, eliminativism