Reinterpreting Ryle: A nonbehaviorist analysis


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Shelley M. Park
University of Central Florida
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This paper argues that the behaviorist label yields a caricature of Ryle's position in The Concept of Mind that cannot be adequately fleshed out by reference to the larger corpus of Rylean texts. On the interpretation of Ryle that I offer here, he is best characterized as an "ontological agnostic." Ryle's aim, I believe, is to develop a nondenotational theory of meaning for mental-conduct terms--a theory of meaning which does not presuppose any metaphysical or ontological theory and, hence, does not presuppose behaviorism.
Keywords Behaviorism  Epistemology  Knowledge  Mind  Ryle, G  language  meaning
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DOI 10.1353/hph.1994.0043
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