Consciousness and Intentionality: Models and Modalities of Attribution

  • Denis Fisette

Part of the The Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science book series (WONS, volume 62)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Intentionality and Consciousness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-7
    2. Pierre Jacob
      Pages 9-32
    3. William Seager
      Pages 33-49
  3. Qualia and Perception

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-94
    2. David M. Rosenthal
      Pages 95-118
    3. Elisabeth Pacherie
      Pages 119-144
    4. Kevin Mulligan
      Pages 163-194
  4. Content Ascription

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 195-198
    2. Shaun Nichols, Stephen Stich
      Pages 199-216
    3. Frances Egan
      Pages 217-228
    4. David Davies
      Pages 249-265
  5. Intentional Causation and Content Individuation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 267-271
    2. Ausonio Marras
      Pages 273-285
    3. Michel Seymour
      Pages 311-344
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 345-366

About this book


Philosophy of mind has been one of the most active fields in philosophy for the past three decades. One of the most significant factors in the development of this discipline has been the emergence of cognitive science and the interest philosophers have taken in the empirical study of mind. Another equally important factor has been the "naturalistic tum" brought about by W. V. Quine. His proposal that normative epistemology be replaced by empirical psychology marked a radical departure from the Fregean "anti­ psychologism" and "apriorism" that had characterized much of the analytic tradition in philosophy. But while Quine's program of naturalization called the attention of philosophers to empirical psychology, his conception of psychology was inspired by an austere behaviorism which shunned the mentalism of intentional psychology in the Brentanian and phenomenological tradition. Thus, while agreeing with Brentano that the "intentional idiom" could not be reduced to that of the natural sciences, Quine argued that it is of a piece with the indeterminacy of translation. Most contributors of this col­ lection share the cognitivist stance and believe that the mind needs to be explained rather than eliminated. Three main questions are actually confronting current philosophers of mind, each addressed by one or another of the contributors to the present collection.


consciousness experience mind perception philosophy simulation

Editors and affiliations

  • Denis Fisette
    • 1
  1. 1.Université du Québec à MontréalMontréalCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-5300-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-9193-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1566-659X
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