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Belief and Meaning: The Unity and Locality of Mental Content

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Belief and Meaning: The Unity and Locality of Mental Content

Akeel Bilgrami

ISBN: 978-0-631-19677-8 January 1995 Wiley-Blackwell 312 Pages

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Belief and Meaning is a philosophical treatment of intentionality. It offers an original, logical and convincing account of intentional content which is local and contextual and which takes issues with standard theories of meaning.
1. Belief, Meaning and the External World. 2. The Unity of Intentional Content. 3. Norm and Society. 4. Truth and the Locality of Content. 5. The Case for Externalism. Epilogue. Appendix: Self-Knowledge and Intentionality.
"Bilgrami's fine study penetrates deeply into some of the most lively areas of contemporary philosophy of language and mind. He makes a distinctive and original contribution to the vexed questions of the role of social factors and objective reference in the theory of belief and meaning, and the problem of constructing a unified theory that will integrate the semantic requirements on these fundamental notions with an account of behavior, the apparent public character of meaning, and the exigencies of communication. It is very thoughtful and enlightening work." Noam Chomsky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology " Belief and Meaning stakes out a position which is highly original, and which is bound to make Akeel Bilgrami a central figure in the ongoing debates in philosophy of language and philosophy of mind. This book presents nothing less than a new conception of the contents of thoughts, one which is sensitive to the considerations that led philosophers like myself to stress the role of factors external to the speaker in fixing content. There is no doubt that this is an important work -- not just an important book, but an important position. In addition, it has the merit of being written in an exceptionally clear, lively, and decidedly vigorous prose." Hilary Putnam, Harvard University
* A contemporary classic: Bilgrami boldly addresses the most troublesome and exciting topics under discussion in contemporary philosophy.
* Challenges in careful detail the work of Fodor, Putnam, Kripke, McDowell, Evans, Searle, and Davidson.
* A contemporary classic: Bilgrami boldly addresses the most troublesome and exciting topics under discussion in contemporary philosophy.
* Challenges in careful detail the work of Fodor, Putnam, Kripke, McDowell, Evans, Searle, and Davidson.