The Mechanical Mind [ePub]

by Tim Crane

Crane is one of that sane band of representationalists who are not physicalists. Here he gives a readable account of how mental characteristics might profitably be described as computational functions, or mechanical manipulations of representations. Representations have "causal potentency", as he nicely puts it. Notwithstanding this fact, the mind-body problem presents extreme difficulties for anyone trying to reduce the whole of our experience to physical terms. Thought is not computation, reasoning is not reckoning, and crucially, normativity is a precondition of representation itself.

04.07.2017

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