The Labyrinth of Mind and World: Beyond Internalism-Externalism

New York, London: Routledge (2019)

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Sanjit Chakraborty
Indian Institute of Management Indore
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This book carries forward the discourse on the mind’s engagement with the world. It reviews the semantic and metaphysical debates around internalism and externalism, the location of content, and the indeterminacy of meaning in language. The volume analyses the writings of Jackson, Chomsky, Putnam, Quine, Bilgrami and others, to reconcile opposing theories of language and the mind. It ventures into Cartesian ontology and Fregean semantics to understand how mental content becomes world-oriented in our linguistic communication. Further, the author explores the liaison between the mind and the world from the phenomenological perspective, particularly, Husserl’s linguistic turn and Heidegger’s intersubjective entreaty for Dasein. The book conceives thought as a biological and socio-linguistic product which engages with the mind-world question through the conceptual and causal apparatuses of language. A major intervention in the field of philosophy of language, this book will be useful for scholars and researchers interested in philosophy, phenomenology, epistemology, and metaphysics
Keywords Internalism versus Externalism debate  Language of thought and language of world  Meaning nihilism and indeterminacy of meaning  Conceptual role semantic  Phenomenological reductionism  Language centric process
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