Truly Understood

Paperback | May 8, 2010

byChristopher Peacocke

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In Truly Understood, Christopher Peacocke argues that truth and reference have a much deeper role in the explanation of meaning and understanding than has hitherto been appreciated. Examination of specific concepts shows that a grasp of these concepts has to be characterized in terms ofreference, identity, and relations to the world. Peacocke develops a positive general theory of understanding based on the idea that concepts are individuated by their fundamental reference rules, which contrasts sharply with conceptual-role, inferentialist, and pragmatist approaches to meaning. Hetreats thought about the material world, about places and times, and about the self within the framework of this general account, and extends the theory to explain the normative dimensions of content, which he believes are founded in the network of connections between concepts and the level ofreference and truth. In the second part of the book, Peacocke explores the application of this account to some problematic mental phenomena, including the conception of many subjects of experience, concepts of conscious states, mental action, and our ability to think about the contents of our ownand others' mental states.

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In Truly Understood, Christopher Peacocke argues that truth and reference have a much deeper role in the explanation of meaning and understanding than has hitherto been appreciated. Examination of specific concepts shows that a grasp of these concepts has to be characterized in terms ofreference, identity, and relations to the world. P...

Christopher Peacocke is Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University and Wollheim Professor of Philosophy at University College London.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:356 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.85 inPublished:May 8, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199581975

ISBN - 13:9780199581979

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Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroductionAcknowledgments and SourcesPart I: A Theory of Understanding1. Truth's Role in Understanding2. Reference and Reasons3. The First Person as a Case Study4. Implicit ConceptionsPart II: Applications to Mental Concepts5. Conceiving of Conscious States6. 'Another I': Representing Perception and Action7. Mental Action8. Representing ThoughtsConclusion

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Review from previous edition: "Truly Understood is an impressive exploration of the contours and promises of an important approach to thinking about concepts, one that deserves to have a lasting impact on philosophical thought." --D. Gene Witmer, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews