Ideas from 'Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind' by E.J. Lowe [2000], by Theme Structure

[found in 'Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind' by Lowe,E.J. [CUP 2000,0-521-65428-9]].

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5. Theory of Logic / I. Semantics of Logic / 1. Semantics of Logic
Syntactical methods of proof need only structure, where semantic methods (truth-tables) need truth
9. Objects / E. Objects over Time / 2. Objects that Change
A 'substance' is a thing that remains the same when its properties change
11. Knowledge Aims / A. Knowledge / 3. Belief / d. Cause of beliefs
Causal theories of belief make all beliefs true, and can't explain belief about the future
11. Knowledge Aims / B. Certain Knowledge / 6. Cogito Critique
Perhaps 'I' no more refers than the 'it' in 'it is raining'
11. Knowledge Aims / C. Knowing Reality / 1. Perceptual Realism / b. Direct realism
'Ecological' approaches say we don't infer information, but pick it up directly from reality
12. Knowledge Sources / B. Perception / 3. Representation
One must be able to visually recognise a table, as well as knowing its form
Computationalists object that the 'ecological' approach can't tell us how we get the information
Comparing shapes is proportional in time to the angle of rotation
12. Knowledge Sources / B. Perception / 4. Sense Data / d. Sense-data problems
The 'disjunctive' theory of perception says true perceptions and hallucinations need have nothing in common
12. Knowledge Sources / B. Perception / 7. Causal Perception
A causal theorist can be a direct realist, if all objects of perception are external
If blindsight shows we don't need perceptual experiences, the causal theory is wrong
12. Knowledge Sources / B. Perception / 8. Adverbial Theory
How could one paraphrase very complex sense-data reports adverbially?
12. Knowledge Sources / E. Direct Knowledge / 3. Memory
There are memories of facts, memories of practical skills, and autobiographical memory
13. Knowledge Criteria / D. Scepticism / 3. Illusion Scepticism
Psychologists say illusions only occur in unnatural and passive situations
15. Nature of Minds / A. Nature of Mind / 1. Mind / d. Location of mind
Externalists say minds depend on environment for their very existence and identity
15. Nature of Minds / A. Nature of Mind / 1. Mind / e. Questions about mind
The main questions are: is mind distinct from body, and does it have unique properties?
15. Nature of Minds / B. Properties of Minds / 1. Consciousness / c. Parts of consciousness
'Phenomenal' consciousness is of qualities; 'apperceptive' consciousness includes beliefs and desires
15. Nature of Minds / B. Properties of Minds / 7. Blindsight
The brain may have two systems for vision, with only the older one intact in blindsight
16. Persons / A. Concept of a Person / 1. Existence of Persons
Persons are selves - subjects of experience, with reflexive self-knowledge
16. Persons / B. Concept of the Self / 1. Essential Self
All human languages have an equivalent of the word 'I'
16. Persons / C. Self-Awareness / 1. Introspection
It seems impossible to get generally applicable mental concepts from self-observation
16. Persons / F. Self as Body / 2. Brain as the Self
If my brain could survive on its own, I cannot be identical with my whole body
17. Mind and Body / A. Mind-Body Dualism / 6. Epiphenomenalism
If qualia are causally inert, how can we even know about them?
17. Mind and Body / B. Behaviourism / 4. Behaviourism Critique
You can only identify behaviour by ascribing belief, so the behaviour can't explain the belief
17. Mind and Body / C. Functionalism / 7. Chinese Room
A computer program is equivalent to the person AND the manual
17. Mind and Body / C. Functionalism / 8. Functionalism critique
Functionalism can't distinguish our experiences in spectrum inversion
Functionalism commits us to bizarre possibilities, such as 'zombies'
Functionalism only discusses relational properties of mental states, not intrinsic properties
17. Mind and Body / D. Property Dualism / 3. Property Dualism
Non-reductive physicalism accepts token-token identity (not type-type) and asserts 'supervenience' of mind and brain
17. Mind and Body / E. Physicalism / 1. Physicalism
Physicalists must believe in narrow content (because thoughts are merely the brain states)
17. Mind and Body / E. Physicalism / 3. Eliminativism
Eliminativism is incoherent if it eliminates reason and truth as well as propositional attitudes
18. Thought / A. Modes of Thought / 1. Thought
Some behaviourists believe thought is just suppressed speech
18. Thought / A. Modes of Thought / 6. Rationality
'Base rate neglect' makes people favour the evidence over its background
People are wildly inaccurate in estimating probabilities about an observed event
18. Thought / C. Content / 1. Content
The naturalistic views of how content is created are the causal theory and the teleological theory
18. Thought / C. Content / 5. Twin Earth
Twin Earth cases imply that even beliefs about kinds of stuff are indexical
18. Thought / E. Artificial Intelligence / 1. Artificial Intelligence
The 'Frame Problem' is how to program the appropriate application of general knowledge
Computers can't be rational, because they lack motivation and curiosity
18. Thought / E. Artificial Intelligence / 3. Turing Test
The Turing test is too behaviourist, and too verbal in its methods
19. Language / E. Propositions / 1. Propositions
The same proposition provides contents for the that-clause of an utterance and a belief
19. Language / E. Propositions / 5. Propositions Critique
If propositions are abstract entities, how can minds depend on their causal powers?
20. Action / A. Definition of Action / 1. Action Theory
The three main theories of action involve the will, or belief-plus-desire, or an agent
20. Action / B. Motives for Action / 3. Acting on Reason / c. Reasons as causes
We feel belief and desire as reasons for choice, not causes of choice
20. Action / C. Preliminaries of Action / 3. Willed Action / a. Will to Act
Libet gives empirical support for the will, as a kind of 'executive' mental operation
20. Action / D. Explaining an Action / 1. Explanations of Actions
People's actions are explained either by their motives, or their reasons, or the causes