Familiar Mental Phenomena

  • Annette Baier
Part of the Philosophical Studies Series in Philosophy book series (PSSP, volume 15)


The thesis of Rescher’s Conceptual Idealisn.1is that fundamental categories we use to organize and express our beliefs about the world, in particular about things which are not minds, are mind-dependent concepts. They are mind-dependent in a stronger sense than the obvious trivial one, namely that it is minds whose knowledge, or putative knowledge, is framed in those concepts. But what stronger sense is involved is less easy to state in a general form, since several different theses are put forward, and the emphasis varies as Rescher treats different individual concepts. I want to explore the varies of mind-involvement Rescher find, the connection between one sort and other sorts, and to raise for each of them the question ‘what sort of self-knowledge is implied by the thesis of conceptual idealism?’


Mental Activity Paradigm Case Mental Operation Mental Phenomenon Conceptual Idealism 
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  1. 4.
    Gilbert Harman, ‘Practical Reasoning’ (Review of Metaphysics. 24 (1976), 441). In my ‘Intentionality of Intentions’,(Review of Metaphysics. 30 (1977), 389–414). I support a modified version of the thesis that intentions are self-referential.Google Scholar
  2. 5.
    N. Rescher,The Primacy of Practice., Oxford, 1973.Google Scholar

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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • Annette Baier
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  1. 1.University of PittsburghUSA

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