Foundations of Understanding

Natika Newton | New York Institute of Technology, New York
ISBN 9789027251305 (Eur) | EUR 68.00
ISBN 9781556191909 (USA) | USD 102.00
ISBN 9789027283566 | EUR 68.00 | USD 102.00
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How can symbols have meaning for a subject? Foundations of Understanding argues that this is the key question to ask about intentionality, or meaningful thought. It thus offers an alternative to currently popular linguistic models of intentionality, whose inadequacies are examined: the goal should be to explain, not how symbols, mental or otherwise, can refer to or ‘mean’ states of affairs in the external world, but how they can mean something to us, the users. The essence of intentionality is shown to be conscious understanding, the roots of which lie in experiences of embodiment and goal-directed action. A developmental path is traced from a foundation of conscious understanding in the ability to perform basic actions, through the understanding of the concept of an objective, external world, to the understanding of language and abstract symbols. The work is interdisciplinary: data from the neurosciences and cognitive psychology, and the perspectives of phenomenologists such as Merleau-Ponty, are combined with traditional philosophical analysis. The book includes a chapter on the nature of conscious qualitative experience and its neural correlates. (Series A)
[Advances in Consciousness Research, 10] 1996.  x, 211 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents

Consciousness Research

Consciousness research



Main BIC Subject

JMT: States of consciousness

Main BISAC Subject

PSY020000: PSYCHOLOGY / Neuropsychology
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  96028754