The good and the true

Michael Morris

This book provides a radical alternative to naturalistic theories of content, and offers a new conception of the place of mind in the world. Confronting head-on the scientific conception of the nature of reality that has dominated the Anglo-American philosophical tradition, Michael Morris here presents a detailed analysis of content and propositional attitudes, based on the idea that truth is a value. In the course of this analysis, he rejects the causal theory of the explanation of behaviour and replaces it with an alternative which depends upon a rich conception of the behaviour we explain with reference to states of mind. According to the theory presented here, our understanding of other people is inextricably involved with our evaluation of what they do, and the objectivity of truth depends on the objectivity of moral goodness. Dr Morris's lucid and detailed exposition of his controversial argument sounds an emphatic challenge to the naturalistic orthodoxy in areas as diverse as metaphysics, ethics, and cognitive science.

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  • Notational conventions. Part 1 Metaphysics and content: philosophical theories and metaphysical schemes
  • conceptualism is Kantian
  • informativeness
  • scientism
  • a proposal for a scientific metaphysics. Part 2 The shape of a theory of content: what is a theory of content?
  • unified externalism
  • the explanation of behaviour. Part 3 An evaluative theory of content: the core of a theory
  • intrinsic assessability
  • truth and virtue
  • understanding people
  • word-meaning and opacity.

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書名 The good and the true
著作者等 Morris, Michael
Morris Michael OP
シリーズ名 Oxford philosophical monographs
出版元 Clarendon Press;Oxford University Press
刊行年月 1992
ページ数 336 p.
大きさ 23 cm
ISBN 0198239440
NCID BA19865089
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス