Mental Concepts: Theoretical, Observational or Dispositional Approach?

Hybris. Internetowy Magazyn Filozoficzny 38:58-73 (2017)
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Abstract

In the article I discuss the conceptual problem of other minds and different approaches to mental concepts. Firstly, I introduce the conceptual problem and argue that solutions proposed by theory-theory and direct perception approach are inadequate. I claim that mental concepts are neither theoretical terms nor observational terms. Then, I consider third option which states that mental concepts are dispositional terms, i.e. they concern particular patterns (stereotypes) of behavior. Finally, I argue that dispositional approach is to some extent coherent with phenomenological account and that phenomenological concept of embodiment can improve this position.

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Marek Pokropski
University of Warsaw

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