Does Thought Happen in the Brain?

Contributions of the Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society 21:453-455 (2013)
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What is the nature of thought? Is thought linguistic and some kind of silent speech? Or is it pre-linguistic and some kind of association of ideas and images in the mind? Does it happen in the brain? I will focus on the last question, but also say something about the other two. I will present a simple thought experiment to show that thought must somehow happen in the brain. But then I will soften the impression this might give by pointing out what is needed to read those thoughts. Simply put, ontologically thought is in the brain, epistemologically it is not.

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Christian Wenzel
National Taiwan University


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