Ideas of Mark Rowlands, by Theme

[British, fl. 2003, Director of Centre for Philosophy of the Social Sciences at the University of Exeter.]

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1. Philosophy / H. Continental Philosophy / 4. Linguistic Structuralism
Structuralism is neo-Kantian idealism, with language playing the role of categories of understanding
5. Theory of Logic / D. Assumptions for Logic / 1. Bivalence
If bivalence is rejected, then excluded middle must also be rejected
7. Existence / C. Structure of Existence / 5. Supervenience / a. Nature of supervenience
Supervenience is a one-way relation of dependence or determination between properties
9. Objects / C. Structure of Objects / 8. Parts of Objects / c. Wholes from parts
It is argued that wholes possess modal and counterfactual properties that parts lack
9. Objects / F. Identity among Objects / 4. Type Identity
Tokens are dated, concrete particulars; types are their general properties or kinds
11. Knowledge Aims / C. Knowing Reality / 3. Idealism
Strong idealism is the sort of mess produced by a Cartesian separation of mind and world
15. Nature of Minds / A. Nature of Mind / 1. Mind / c. Features of mind
Minds are rational, conscious, subjective, self-knowing, free, meaningful and self-aware
15. Nature of Minds / A. Nature of Mind / 6. Anti-Individualism
Content externalism implies that we do not have privileged access to our own minds
If someone is secretly transported to Twin Earth, others know their thoughts better than they do
17. Mind and Body / D. Property Dualism / 5. Supervenience of mind
Supervenience of mental and physical properties often comes with token-identity of mental and physical particulars
18. Thought / C. Content / 1. Content
The content of a thought is just the meaning of a sentence
20. Action / A. Definition of Action / 4. Action as Movement
Action is bodily movement caused by intentional states
22. Metaethics / C. Sources of Ethics / 3. Intuitionism
Moral intuition seems unevenly distributed between people
26. Natural Theory / B. Concepts of Nature / 6. Natural Kinds / b. Defining kinds
Natural kinds are defined by their real essence, as in gold having atomic number 79
27. Natural Reality / A. Physics / 1. Matter / c. Atoms
The 17th century reintroduced atoms as mathematical modes of Euclidean space
27. Natural Reality / C. Biology / 4. Ecology
It is common to see the value of nature in one feature, such as life, diversity, or integrity