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Return of the evil genius.

Hardman, D., 2023. Return of the evil genius. Philosophical Investigations. (In Press)

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DOI: 10.1111/phin.12409


In this essay, I consider whether it makes sense to say that our cognitive capacities—remembering, imagining, intending, hoping, expecting and so on—manifest as inner, subpersonal processes. Given whether something makes sense is a grammatical rather than theoretical or empirical issue, it cannot be explained but can only be better understood by describing and reflecting on situations in which it arises. As such, I approach this issue using the descriptive method of O.K. Bouwsma, which is a development of Wittgenstein's latter methodological approach of conceptually clarifying our bounds of sense. In the course of my investigation, I come to the realisation that cognitive capacities do not, as much psychology and cognitive science imply, make sense as inner, subpersonal processes. Instead, they make sense as personal capacities, which manifest in many ways of acting.

Item Type:Article
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:39005
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Deposited On:21 Sep 2023 11:41
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