What sorts of accounts can one offer of the analysis of statements about mental states

What sorts of accounts can one offer of the analysis of statements about mental states

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Unformatted text preview: What sorts of accounts can one offer of the analysis of statements about mental states? Basically, there are four main sorts of accounts: Approach 1: The Irreducibility Approach - Phenomenalistic Version This is the view, first of all, that sentences dealing with mental states (or at least, some mental states) are what one might call "semantically basic". They cannot be analyzed in terms of any sentences that are not about mental states. But secondly, the crucial characteristic of sentences about mental states is that they involve the idea of consciousness . Approach 2: The Irreducibility Approach - Intentionality Version This approach shares with the previous approach the view that sentences dealing with mental states (or at least, some mental states) are what one might call "semantically basic", and cannot be analyzed in terms of any sentences that are not about mental states. But instead of it being held that it is consciousness that is crucial, the claim is that it is something else - what has...
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course PHI PHI2010 taught by Professor Jorgerigol during the Fall '09 term at Broward College.

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