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Information and Mind

The Philosophy of Fred Dretske

Information and Mind explores questions of consciousness that Fred Dretske addressed in his philosophical career. Ranging from one of the earliest problems Dretske analyzed—the nature of seeing an object—to epistemological issues that he began working on mid-career, to matters he focused on in later years, including information, mental representation, and conscious experience, this volume investigates and engages with a spectrum of his prolific works. These papers, written by former colleagues and students from the University of Wisconsin and Stanford University, were inspired by talks given at the Center for the Explanation of Consciousness at Stanford in 2015 to celebrate Dretske’s life and work. In addition to scholarly essays, the authors also recount stories of personal interactions with Dretske that transformed their views or changed their professional trajectory. A bibliography of Dretske’s publications rounds out the volume. This generous volume includes contributions by Fred Adams, John A. Barker, John Perry, Paul Skokowski, and Dennis Stampe.

155 pages | 6 x 9

Lecture Notes

Language and Linguistics: Philosophy of Language

Philosophy: Logic and Philosophy of Language

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Dretskean Externalism about Knowledge
3. Representation and Possibility
4. Three Dogmas of Internalism
5. Perceptual Activity and the Object of Perception
Bibliography of Fred Dretske’s Publications

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