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Ideas of Robert Kirk, by Text

[British, fl. 1990, Professor at Nottingham University.]

2003 Mind and Body
2.5 p.37 Dualism implies some brain events with no physical cause, and others with no physical effect
3.8 p.60 All meaningful psychological statements can be translated into physics
3.8 p.60 If mental states are multiply realisable, they could not be translated into physical terms
3.8 p.61 A weaker kind of reductionism than direct translation is the use of 'bridge laws'
4.5 p.84 The inverted spectrum idea is often regarded as an objection to behaviourism
5.1 p.100 Behaviourism seems a good theory for intentional states, but bad for phenomenal ones
5.2 p.103 In 'holistic' behaviourism we say a mental state is a complex of many dispositions
5.4 p.104 If a bird captures a worm, we could say its behaviour is 'about' the worm
5.5 p.106 Behaviourism offers a good alternative to simplistic unitary accounts of mental relationships
5.5 p.107 Behaviourists doubt whether reference is a single type of relation
7.10 p.158 Behaviourism says intentionality is an external relation; language of thought says it's internal
7.3 p.142 It seems unlikely that most concepts are innate, if a theory must be understood to grasp them
7.6 p.149 Instead of representation by sentences, it can be by a distribution of connectionist strengths
7.9 p.155 For behaviourists language is just a special kind of behaviour
8.4 p.167 Maybe we should see intentionality and consciousness as a single problem, not two