The normativity of the mental

Philosophical Explorations 8 (1):1-19 (2005)
Abstract
I describe and defend the view in a philosophy of mind that I call 'Normative Essentialism', according to which propositional attitudes have normative essences. Those normative essences are 'horizontal' rational requirements, by which I mean the requirement to have certain propositional attitudes given other propositional attitudes. Different propositional attitudes impose different horizontal rational requirements. I distinguish a stronger and a weaker version of this doctrine and argue for the weaker version. I explore the consequences for knowledge of mind, and I then consider objections to the view from mental causation, from empirical psychology, and from animals and small children.
Keywords Essentialism  Functionalism  Metaphysics  Mind  Normativity
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DOI 10.1080/1386979042000336126
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