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Mind, Language, and Metaphilosophy: Early Philosophical Papers

Mind, Language, and Metaphilosophy: Early Philosophical Papers

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Richard Rorty
Cambridge University Press, 2/13/2014
EAN 9781107612297, ISBN10: 1107612292

Paperback, 328 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 1.6 cm
Language: English

This volume presents a selection of the philosophical essays which Richard Rorty wrote during the first decade of his career, and complements four previous volumes of his papers published by Cambridge University Press. In this long neglected body of work, which many leading philosophers still consider to be his best, Rorty develops his views on the nature and scope of philosophy in a manner which supplements and elucidates his definitive statement on these matters in Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature. He also develops his groundbreaking version of eliminative materialism, a label first coined to describe his position, and sets out original views on various central topics in the philosophy of language, concerning private language, indeterminacy, and verificationalism. A substantial introduction examines Rorty's philosophical development from 1961 to 1972. The volume completes our understanding of Rorty's intellectual trajectory and offers lucid statements of positions which retain their relevance to current debates.

Foreword Daniel C. Dennett
Introduction Stephen Leach and James Tartaglia
1. Pragmatism, categories, and language
2. The limits of reductionism
3. Realism, categories, and the 'linguistic turn'
4. The subjectivist principle and the linguistic turn
5. Empiricism, extensionalism, and reductionism
6. Mind-body identity, privacy, and categories
7. Do analysts and metaphysicians disagree?
8. Incorrigibility as the mark of the mental
9. Wittgenstein, privileged access, and incommunicability
10. In defence of eliminative materialism
11. Cartesian epistemology and changes in ontology
12. Strawson's objectivity argument
13. Verificationism and transcendental arguments
14. Indeterminacy of translation and of truth
15. Dennett on awareness
16. Functionalism, machines, and incorrigibility.