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The Rational Mind

Scott Sturgeon

Scott Sturgeon presents an original account of mental states and their dynamics. He develops a detailed story of coarse- and fine-grained mental states, a novel perspective on how they fit together, an engaging theory of the rational transitions between them, and a fresh view of how formal methods can advance our understanding in this area. In doing so, he addresses a deep four-way divide in literature on epistemic rationality. Formal epistemology is done in specialized languages--often seeming a lot more like mathematics than Plato--and so can alienate philosophers who are drawn to more traditional work on thought experiments in epistemic rationality. Conversely, informal epistemology appears to be a lot more like Plato than mathematics and, as such, it tends to deter philosophers drawn to formal models of the phenomena. Similarly, the epistemology of coarse-grained states boils down everything to a discussion of rational belief--making the area appear a lot more like foundations of knowledge than anything useful for the theory rational decision, such as decision-making under uncertainty. The Rational Mind unifies work in all of these areas for the first time.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publish Date: Jun 29th, 2024
  • Pages: 384
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00lb
  • EAN: 9780198912255
  • Categories: EpistemologyMetaphysicsMind & Body

About the Author

Scott Sturgeon, Professor of Philosophy, University of Birmingham

Scott Sturgeon is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Birmingham. He has published numerous articles in journals such as Mind, Journal of Philosophy, Noûs, Philosophers' Imprint, and Philosophy and Phenomenological Research. He is the author of Matters of Mind: Consciousness, Reason and Nature (Routledge 2001).

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