The unifying theme of these thirteen essays is understanding. The thirteen essays collected here are all, in one way or another, about understanding: What is it? What does it take to have it? What does it presuppose in what. Having Thought. Essays in the metaphysics of mind. John Haugeland harvard university press. Cambridge, Massachusetts and London, England

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Feb 25, Jeremiah added it Shelves: Haugeland s I had the great fortune to study under John Haugeland as an undergraduate at Pitt I believe he’s at Chicago now. Haugeland straddles what have been called analytic and continental styles of philosophy and my subsequent career took me in the hhaugeland direction.

I find that placing a Postit on the edge of the current notes page provides a useful fingertab, and can be moved along as one goes, but this is still an annoying interruption. The answer, broached in an exploratory way, amounts to a contemporary revival of transcendental constitution – an idea prominent in the history of philosophy, but largely absent from the recent literature.


One of the fascinating things about Haugeland is that his writing style reflects his system theory-inspired philosophy. Eliot rated it it was amazing Mar 12, Abhay Singh rated it really liked it Sep 17, The unifying theme of these thirteen essays is understanding.

Few if any philosophy books need be read with only one hand, but why should we need three? Harvard University Press He develops his case with a very well-considered game plan.


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Sign in Create an account. In the third set of papers, Haugeland elaborates and then undermines a battery of common presuppositions about the foundational notions of intentionality and representation. In the first group of essays, under the heading Mind, the thoughht are more specifically about intelligence: Still, Haugeland is right that the gulf between animal mind and human mind is huge.

In the third set of paper The unifying theme of these thirteen essays is understanding. Harvard University Press Amazon.

Matthew Shockey – – European Journal of Philosophy 25 2: Brian Jonathan Garrett – – Philosophy in Review 19 3: Tushar rated it did not like it Jan 24, But I want to resist haaugeland strikes me as an all too prevalent tendency to make of language a magic fulcrum on which every human quality turns–as if language were the whole essence of what distinguishes us from machines on the one hand, and beasts on the other. Although Haugeland uses games chess and javing science as the major examples for his theory of objectivity, I wonder how these same theories could be applied to other human practices that have claim to truth faith communities, art movements, etc.

If human language and human norms emerged in a co-evolving package, with innovations in each laying the tbought for elaborations in the other, back and forth–and that is how evolution typically works–then both A language made norms possible and A norms made language possible are misleading oversimplifications.

Although the quirky problems in characterizing the A essences of these primary genera have long been acknowledged, the canonical wisdom has been that this is not to be done in terms of the content of what they represent, but somehow in jlhn manner or format or system of representing. Kurt rated it it havijg amazing Feb 06, Joshua Hodges rated it it was amazing Aug 10, This article has no associated abstract.


First, how can intelligence itself be understood scientifically as in “cognitive science” ; and second, how can the scientific endeavor, so conceived, account for the possibility of a self or subject that understands? Matt rated it liked haueland Sep 05, Account Options Sign in.

Having Thought: Essays in the Metaphysics of Mind

Katrin rated it really liked it Dec 22, The unifying theme of these thirteen essays is understanding. LR Baker – unknown.

Hafing is no excuse, in this age of computer typesetting, for the A economy of endnotes, either at haugelanv end of each chapter or at the end of the book. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I think they are consistent, but Haugeland really gives a marvelously crip and detailed account of objectivity that goes far beyond schema theory. Here the earlier themes come together around the fundamental problem of the metaphysics of mind: What does it presuppose in what can be understood?