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On Clear and Confused Ideas
An Essay about Substance Concepts

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  • Date Published: July 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521623865

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  • Written by one of today's most creative and innovative philosophers, Ruth Garrett Millikan, this book examines basic empirical concepts; how they are acquired, how they function, and how they have been misrepresented in the traditional philosophical literature. In a radical departure from current philosophical and psychological theories of concepts, this book provides the first in-depth discussion on the psychological act of reidentification. It will be of interest to a broad range of students of philosophy, especially those interested in the application of evolutionary theory to analytic philosophy.

    • A radical departure from current philosophical and pyschological theories of concepts
    • The first serious discussion of the nature of human abilities as different from mere dispositions
    • Ruth Garrett Millikan is a big name in her field
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    "The book has the rare merit of combining rigorous physical analysis with refreshingly original ideas." Philosophy and Phenomenological Research

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2000
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521623865
    • length: 274 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 157 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introducing substance concepts
    2. Substances: the ontology
    3. Classifying, identifying, and the function of substance concepts
    4. The nature of abilities: how is extension determined?
    5. More mama, more milk and more mouse: the structure and development of substance concepts
    6. Substance concepts through language: knowing the meanings of words
    7. How we make our ideas clear: epistemology for empirical concepts
    8. Content and vehicle in perception
    9. Sames versus sameness in conceptual contents and vehicles
    10. Grasping sameness
    11. In search of Strawsonian modes of presentation
    12. Rejecting identity judgments and Fregean modes
    13. Knowing what I'm thinking of
    14. How extensions of new substance concepts are fixed: how substance concepts acquire intentionality
    15. Cognitive luck: substance concepts in an evolutionary frame

  • Author

    Ruth Garrett Millikan, University of Connecticut

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