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Language and Mind (Vol. 1)

A Western Perspective

This work is a collection of papers dealing with the problems concerning the relation between language and mind. It focuses on the recent developments in the philosophy of language and mind, particularly with regard to the comp....read below

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This work is a collection of papers dealing with the problems concerning the relation between language and mind. It focuses on the recent developments in the philosophy of language and mind, particularly with regard to the computational approach to this subject. The computational approach defended by Fodor and others has changed the very concept of language and mind thus ushering in a new philosophy in recent years. But, not unsurprisingly, there has been a vehement opposition to this approach led by Searle and others which has exposed the limitations of computationalism as a philosophical theory. The controversy regarding language, mind and meaning between the computationalists and their opponents is the main theme of this book. Besides these differing ideologies the book also highlights the general issues regarding meaning, intentionality, necessity, a prioricity, etc. which have an important place in the philosophy of language.

This is the first of a two-volume project dealing with language and mind. This book deals exclusively with the Western perspective of the problems of language and mind, while Volume II will deal with the classical Indian approach.

  • Foreword By :
  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788186921340
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 8186921346
  • Edition : 1st edition
  • Year : 2006
  • Pages : viii, 342 p.
  • Bibliographic Details : Index
  • Size : 23 cm
  • Weight (approx.) : 700 gm

Acknowledgement 
Introduction  

1. Pain in the Neck of a Theory of Meaning 

-- Bijoy H Boruah

2. Thinking Without Words: A Possibility Or a Myth?

-- Amita Chatterjee

3. The Sentence in Computation and Cognitive Science

-- Tista Bagchi

4. The Nature of Mental Representation: Classicism versus Connectionism

-- V. Harinarayanan and C.A. Tomy

5. Fodorian Understanding of Folk Psychology and Computational Theory of Mind: An Analysis

-- S. Panneerselvam

6. Mind and Language: Their Inter-Dependence   

-- P.R. Bhat

7. Reason and Language: An Appraisal of Richard Rorty's Pragmatic-Post-modern Approach

-- N. Sreekumar

8. Naturalizing Intentionality:  A Searlean Critique

-- Ranjan K. Panda

9. Fodor on Meaning Holism: Why Narrow Contents do not Hold Promise for a Meaning Theory  

-- R.C. Pradhan

10. Meaning and Mental Mechanism: A Critique   

-- Amitabha Dasgupta

11. Kant, Kripke Reading of A-Priori 

-- Rakesh Chandra

Contributors     
Index

 

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