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The act of thinking, Derek Melser

Label
The act of thinking
Title
The act of thinking
Statement of responsibility
Derek Melser
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A new theory proposes that thinking is a learned action.In this remarkable monograph, Derek Melser argues that the core assumption of both folk psychology and cognitive science--that thinking goes on in the head--is mistaken. Melser argues that thinking is not an intracranial process of any kind, mental or neural, but is rather a learned action of the person.After an introduction in which he makes a prima facie case that thinking is an action, Melser reviews action-based theories of thinking advanced by Ryle, Vygotsky, Hampshire and others. He then presents his own theory of "token concerting," according to which thinking is a special kind of token performance, by the individual, of certain social, concerted activity. He examines the developmental role of concerted activity, the token performance of concerted activity, the functions of speech, the mechanics and uses of covert tokening, empathy, the origins of solo action, the actional nature of perception, and various kinds and aspects of mature thinking. In addition, he analyzes the role of metaphors in the folk notion of mind.While intending his theory as a contribution to the philosophy of mind, Melser aims also at a larger goal: to establish actions as a legitimate philosophical given, self-explanatory and sui generis. To this end, he argues in the final chapter against the possibility of scientific explanation of actions. The Act of Thinking opens up a large new area for philosophical research
Cataloging source
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http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Melser, Derek
Dewey number
128/.3
Index
index present
LC call number
B105.T56
LC item number
M45 2004eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Thought and thinking
  • Act (Philosophy)
  • PHILOSOPHY
  • Act (Philosophy)
  • Thought and thinking
Label
The act of thinking, Derek Melser
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Publication
Note
"A Bradford book."
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-282) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
57542577
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiii, 287 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781417574384
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 1078
  • 9780262279659
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not applicable
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unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)57542577
Label
The act of thinking, Derek Melser
Publication
Note
"A Bradford book."
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-282) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
57542577
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiii, 287 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781417574384
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 1078
  • 9780262279659
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)57542577

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