Consciousness and Meaning

Selected Essays
Oxford University Press
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  • 360 Seiten
978-0-19-967336-0 (ISBN)
One of the most important problems of modern philosophy concerns the place of the mind - and in particular, of consciousness and intentionality - in a purely physical universe. Brian Loar was a major contributor to the discussion of this problem for over four decades.

This volume contains two parts; one a selection of Loar's essays on the philosophy of language, the other on the philosophy of mind. A common thread in Loar's essays on language is his engagement with the Gricean program of reducing linguistic representation in terms of mental representation. In the philosophy of mind he was mostly concerned with understanding consciousness and intentionality (mental representation) from the subjective perspective. The central concern that unifies Loar's work
in mind and language is how to understand subjectivity in a physical universe. He was committed to the reality and reliability of the subjective perspective; and he found that subjective phenomena like intentionality and consciousness are, in a certain sense, ineliminable and irreducible to objective
ones. At the same time he believed that intentionality and consciousness are grounded in the physical. One of his great contributions was showing how to reconcile these two positions by being a conceptual and explanatory anti-reductionist about both consciousness and intentionality but a metaphysical reductionist nonetheless. He had a deep commitment to both physicalism and to the reality and significance of the subjective point of view.
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978-0-19-967336-0 (9780199673360)
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Brian Loar was a leading philosopher of mind and language for over forty years. Known as a subtle and elegant thinker, Loar developed a novel solution to the mind-body problem, contributed an influential account of phenomenal states and of phenomenal concepts, and presented what is perhaps the most fully articulated functionalist account of propositional attitudes in Mind and Meaning. Loar received his D. Phil. from Oxford University and taught at the University of
Michigan, the University of Southern California, and Rutgers University until he retired in 2009.

Katalin Balog received her PhD at Rutgers University in 1998. She taught philosophy at Cornell University, and then Yale University between 1998 and 2010. In 2010 she moved to Rutgers University, Newark where she is still teaching. Her primary areas of research are the philosophy of mind and metaphysics. The problems that interest her most, the nature of consciousness, the self, and free will, lie at their intersection. Her recent work centers on the relationship between our subjective,
internal understanding of the mind and the objective, scientific view of the world.

Stephanie Beardman specializes in metaethics and moral psychology. She is interested in diachronic rationality, the nature of practical reasons, and in the relevance of scientific studies to ethics. She received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University and has been an Assistant professor at Barnard College, Columbia University; a postdoctoral fellow in the Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology program at Washington University in St. Louis; and the recipient of a Time-Out Grant from Vassar College.
Currently she is a Visiting Scholar at New York University.
'We are all grateful to the editors for making these seminal papers available in one volume . . . the philosophical depth and insight manifested throughout the papers is striking' * Joseph Levine, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, (2018) * Review from previous edition 'This excellent book . . . provides a new (and wonderful) opportunity to gain a complete image of Loar's worldview . . . Brian Loar's work was wide ranging, systematic, challenging, and deep. This is an important book, and will hopefully lead to Loar's work being better known, and better appreciated, in future.' * Henry Taylor, Philosophy, (2019), 94 (3), pp.473-476 *

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