Mind and Its Symptoms

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(3), 242–243. Reviews the book, Physicalism: Studies in Philosophical Psychology by K. V. Wilkes (1978). In this short book, the author takes up the task of elucidating and defending a theory about mind which is adopted as a working hypothesis and guide to research by many psychologists. Wilkes book is useful mainly because of two distinctions which she sets forth in some detail. The first is the distinction between intensional and extensional language and the second is the distinction between sentience and sapience. Wilkes discusses briefly some strategies for eliminating intensionality from psychology, but passes over one of the most promising of such strategies. This discussion by Wilkes illuminates several important issues that form the background of theorizing in psychology. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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