The unifying theme of these thirteen essays is understanding. The thirteen essays collected here are all, in one way or another, about understanding: What is it? What does it take to have it? What does it presuppose in what. Having Thought. Essays in the metaphysics of mind. John Haugeland harvard university press. Cambridge, Massachusetts and London, England

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When I explained Haugeland’s theory to a friend, he mentioned that it sounds like the simple schema theory in psychology. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. There is no excuse, in this age of computer typesetting, for the A economy of endnotes, either at the end of each chapter or at the end of the book.

Katrin rated it really liked it Dec 22, Eliot rated it it was amazing Mar 12, His view is a close kin, I think, of my view of the evolution of colors: But I want to resist what strikes me as an all too prevalent tendency to make of language a magic fulcrum on which every human quality turns–as if language were the whole essence of what distinguishes us from machines on the one hand, and beasts on the other.

Since schema theory applies to experiences of mental illness, I also wonder whether Haugeland’s theory could do the same. The third group of essays, Meaning, addresses the pivotal topics of representation and intentionality, with particular emphasis on the diversity of possibilities – including those that are not symbolic and not internal. John Townsend rated it it was amazing Jan 09, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.


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Indeed, as Haugeland says, all this mulling has congealed into canonical accounts –which he nicely defines as A what almost everybody expects almost everybody else to believe. Preview — Having Thought by John Haugeland.

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I now think he is largely right. Trivia About Baving Thought: Having Thought by John Haugeland. Andy Clark – – Behavioral and Brain Sciences 36 3: Heidegger and the Supposition of a Single, Objective World. A Constituted Domain, and A Objects. Gs rated it it was amazing Feb 04, Request removal from index.

Finally, the fourth and most recent group of essays confronts the essential character of understanding in relation to what is understood.

Mar 27, Derek Kern rated it it was amazing. Edward Lear is an apt character to think about at Christmas-time. Intelligibility comes to the fore in a set of “metaphysical” pieces on analog and digital systems and supervenience. Matthew Shockey – – European Journal of Philosophy 25 2: I had the great fortune to study under John Haugeland as an undergraduate at Pitt I believe he’s at Chicago now.

Although Haugeland uses games chess and empirical science as the major examples for his theory of objectivity, I wonder how these same theories could be applied to other human practices that have claim to truth faith communities, art movements, etc. Frank van Dun – unknown. He once turned an old IBM selectric typewriter into a computer printer think about that interface problem!


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References to this book Superminds: Ah, all the more reason to think that maybe Haugeland has caught a big fish. Hafing fundamental reconception involves taking on a hitherto unremarked distinction between recordingwhich can be a A witless process, and representingwhich, in general, cannot.

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Moral Aspects of Cognitive Artifacts. Mind, Reason and Imagination: I think John Haugeland might just be the best living philosopher. In the first group of essays, John Haugeland addresses mind and intelligence. It purports to be a revisionist taxonomy of representations, and that it surely is, but its new taxonomy amounts to a strikingly new way of thinking about representations.

Ryan rated it it was amazing Feb 17, Tushar rated it did not like it Jan 24, His distinction between A witless and A knowing processes enables him to describe a new type of theoretical entity: Books by John Haugeland.

This is a collection of essays, all but two previously published, so the question must be posed: Systematicity and the Cognition of Structured Domains. History of Western Philosophy. No keywords specified fix it. The final group, headed Truth, contains the most recent essays. Thoought the third set of papers, Haugeland elaborates and then undermines a battery of common presuppositions about the foundational notions of intentionality and representation.

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