© 1979

Body, Mind, and Method

Essays in Honor of Virgil C. Aldrich

  • Editors
  • Donald F. Gustafson
  • Bangs L. Tapscott

Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 138)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Fred I. Dretske
    Pages 1-15
  3. Alastair Hannay
    Pages 17-36
  4. T. M. Reed
    Pages 37-64
  5. Kai Nielsen
    Pages 65-75
  6. Richard Rorty
    Pages 77-92
  7. Daniel Dennett
    Pages 93-113
  8. Godfrey Vesey
    Pages 115-127
  9. Douglas C. Long
    Pages 129-148
  10. Donald Gustafson
    Pages 149-166
  11. Stanley Munsat
    Pages 167-177
  12. John V. Canfield
    Pages 179-195
  13. Bangs L. Tapscott
    Pages 197-202
  14. Keith Gunderson
    Pages 203-224
  15. Guy Sircello
    Pages 225-239
  16. Virgil C. Aldrich
    Pages 295-295
  17. Back Matter
    Pages 297-312

About this book


Simple seeing. Plain talking. Language in use and persons in action. These are among the themes of Virgil Aldrich's writings, from the 1930's onward. Throughout these years, he has been an explorer of conceptual geography: not as a foreign visitor studying an alien land, but close up 'in the language in which we live, move, and have our being'. This is his work. It is clear to those who know him best that he also has fun at it. Yet, in the terms of his oft-cited distinction, it is equally clear that he is to be counted not among the funsters of philosophy, but among its most committed workers. Funsters are those who attempt to do epistemology, metaphysics, or analysis by appealing to examples which are purely imaginary, totally fictional, as unrealistic as you like, 'completely unheard of'. Such imaginative wilfullness takes philosophers away from, not nearer to, 'the rough ground' (Wittgenstein) where our concepts have their origin and working place. In the funsters' imagined, 'barely possible' (but actually impossible) world, simple seeing becomes transformed into the sensing of sense-data; plain talk is rejected as imprecise, vague, and misleading; and per­ sons in action show up as ensouled physical objects in motion. Then the fly is in the bottle, buzzing out its tedious tunes: the problem of perception of the external world; the problem of meaning and what it is; the mind-body problem. Image-mongering has got the best of image-management.


Ludwig Wittgenstein epistemology reason scepticism

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Body, Mind, and Method
  • Book Subtitle Essays in Honor of Virgil C. Aldrich
  • Editors Donald F. Gustafson
    B.L. Tapscott
  • Series Title Synthese Library
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1979
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-277-1013-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-009-9481-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-9479-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 314
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Mind
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