Interpretivism and the Meaning of Mental State Ascriptions

  • Marc Slors Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies, Radboud University
Keywords: mental states, mind-body problem, interpretivism

Abstract

Interpretivism is often seen as the theory according to which mental state ascription is useful, even though mental states do no really exist. this “as if” theory is widely held to be untenable. In this paper I argue that in order to avoid an “as if” reading of interpretivism, we should embrace the strongest version of this theory.

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Published
2015-10-20
How to Cite
Slors, M. (2015). Interpretivism and the Meaning of Mental State Ascriptions. Studia Philosophica Estonica, 10(2), 18-27. Retrieved from http://ojs.utlib.ee/index.php/spe/article/view/14495