Reply to A. Baier

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


Annette Baier’s probing and insightful essay highlights a distinction and tension between two strands of my conceptual idealism: (1) the “mental paradigm thesis” that the mind conceives of things in its own image by conceptualizing them to some extent on the basis of mentalistic paradigms, and (2) the “mental process thesis” that our conceptualized picture of the world is a construct, an artifact, the product of an active mind. I myself see these contentions as interlocked and coordinated in the thesis that our view of things is a mental construction whose materials are formed (in part) with a view to mentalistic paradigms. Where Baier sees a tension, I myself see the parts of a unified whole.

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