Meaning, Creativity, and the Partial Inscrutability of the Human Mind
This volume criticizes current philosophy of language as having an altered focus without adjusting the needed conceptual tools. It develops a new theory of lexical meaning, a new conception of cognition--humans not as information processing creatures but as primarily explanation and understanding seeking creatures--with information processing as a secondary, derivative activity. In conclusion, based on the theories of lexical meaning and cognition, this book sketches an argument showing that the human understanding of human understanding must always remain just partial.
is Professor of Philosophy at Stanford University
- Introduction: Where has Philosophy Gone Wrong?
- Part I: Why Natural Languages are Not and Should Not Be Represented as Formal Languages
- 1. Natural Languages Cannot Be Formal Languages: The Lexicon
- 2. Natural Languages Cannot Be Formal Languages: The Logical Structure
- Part II: The Lexicon, Explanations, and Productivity
- 3. Lexical Meanings as Explanatory Schemes
- 4. Key Issues in Theories of Languages
- Part III: Explanation, the Productive Lexicon and Limitations on Understanding Understanding
- 5. Homo Sapians = Homo explanans
- 6. Is the Human Mind Partially Inscrutable?
ISBN (Paperback): 1575861267 (9781575861265)
ISBN (Electronic): 1575868644 (9781575868646)
Subject: Philosophy; Philosophy of Language; Philosophy of Mind
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