The Good and the True

Hardcover | December 1, 1991

byMichael Morris

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This book provides a radical alternative to naturalistic theories of content, and offers a new conception of the place of mind in the world. Confronting head-on the scientific conception of the nature of reality that has dominated the Anglo-American philosophical tradition, Michael Morrishere presents a detailed analysis of content and propositional attitudes, based on the idea that truth is a value. In the course of this analysis, he rejects the causal theory of the explanation of behaviour and replaces it with an alternative which depends upon a rich conception of the behaviourwe explain with reference to states of mind. According to the theory presented here, our understanding of other people is inextricably involved with our evaluation of what they do, and the objectivity of truth depends on the objectivity of moral goodness. Dr Morris's lucid and detailed exposition of his controversial argument sounds an emphatic challenge to the naturalistic orthodoxy in areas as diverse as metaphysics, ethics, and cognitive science.

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This book provides a radical alternative to naturalistic theories of content, and offers a new conception of the place of mind in the world. Confronting head-on the scientific conception of the nature of reality that has dominated the Anglo-American philosophical tradition, Michael Morris here presents a detailed analysis of content an...

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This book provides a radical alternative to naturalistic theories of content, and offers a new conception of the place of mind in the world. Confronting head-on the scientific conception of the nature of reality that has dominated the Anglo-American philosophical tradition, Michael Morrishere presents a detailed analysis of content an...

Michael Morris, Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Sussex.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:350 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.1 inPublished:December 1, 1991Publisher:Oxford University Press

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This book provides a radical alternative to naturalistic theories of content, and offers a new conception of the place of mind in the world. Confronting head-on the scientific conception of the nature of reality that has dominated the Anglo-American philosophical tradition, Michael Morris here presents a detailed analysis of content and propositional attitudes, based on the idea that truth is a value. In the course of this analysis he rejects the causal theory of the explanation of behaviour and replaces it with an alternative which depends upon a rich conception of the behaviour we explain with reference to states of mind. According to the theory presented here, our understanding of other people is inextricably involved with our evaluation of what they do, and the objectivity of truth depends upon the objectivity of moral goodness. Dr Morris's clear and detailed exposition of his controversial argument sounds an emphatic challenge to the naturalistic orthodoxy in metaphysics, ethics, and cognitive science.

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`Morris's bold venture merits careful attention ... This book is like a breath of fresh air in the face of sterile and reductive neo-functional accounts of content. It captures the insight that human psychology is adapted to tracking human and social responses to the world rather than forgingsome individualistic extension-response based path through it ... I find Morris's views and arguments deeply congenial. His book is, I believe, essential reading for those wanting seriously to engage with current controversies in the philosophy of mind and content and to examine their impact on ourepistemology.'Philosophical Investigations