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Mind and the Present

Outline of an Analytic Transcendental Philosophy

Peter Rohs

Mental Representation and Self-Consciousness

From Basic Self-Representation to Self-Related Cognition

Gottfried Vossgerau

One oft the most fascinating abilities of humans is the ability to become conscious of the own physical and mental states. In this systematic investigation of self-consciousness, a representational theory is developed that is able to distinguish between different levels of self-consciousness. The most basic levels are already present in such simple animals as ants. From these basic forms, which are also relevant for adult human self-consciousness, high-level self-consciousness including self-knowledge can arise. Thereby, the theory is not only able to integrate developmental considerations but also to sharply distinguish different aspects of the complex phenomenon self-consciousness. Pathological breakdowns of these different aspects, as they can be found in schizophrenia, are explained by specific impairments on different levels of self-representation. In this way, the work shows that a naturalistic theory of self-consciousness is possible, if the analysis starts with very simple and basic mechanisms instead of starting on the 'top of the iceberg'.

Concepts and Categorization

Systematic and Historical Perspectives

Edited by David Hommen, Christoph Kann and Tanja Oswald

The study of concepts lies at the intersection of various disciplines, both analytic and empiric. The rising cognitive sciences, for instance, are interested in concepts insofar as they are used in an explanation of such diverse epistemic phenomena like categorization, inference, memory, learning, and decision-making. In philosophy, the challenge imposed by conceptualization consists, among other things, in accommodating reverse intuitions about concepts like shareability, mind-dependency, mediation between reference, knowledge and reality, etc. While researchers have collaborated more and more to contribute to a unified understanding of concepts and categorization, the joint venture unfortunately suffers (so far) from the fact that it is generally left unclear how exactly the different approaches undertaken in the participating sciences relate to each other. What do psychologists and philosophers mean by the notion of a concept? Is there a core-theory of concepts and categorization underlying analytical and empirical studies? The present collection of essays addresses these and related questions and tries to answer them from both a systematic and a historical perspective.

Ethics and the Neurosciences

Ethical and social consequences of neuroscientific progress

Saskia K Nagel

Advances in the neurosciences have ethical and social implications which need careful consideration from an interdisciplinary perspective: The present book allows readers with different backgrounds gaining a better understanding of recent progress in the neurosciences and their implications. It first introduces to thinking in applied ethics and offers an approach that does justice to challenges from the neurosciences. State-of-the-art scientific work is discussed with respect to its implications for the individual and society. Methods of brain monitoring are explained looking at potentials and limitations as well as at implications of applications. Second, the wide field of brain manipulation is analysed with a focus on psychopharmacological enhancement. The discussion includes investigation of our capacity to handle the options opened to us, safety issues, the role of social pressures, equality of opportunity and distributive justice, as well as questions of the concept of normality, authenticity and naturalness. The book highlights crucial challenges for the individual, policy, law, and society emerging from neuroscienti?c and neurotechnological advances.The approach avoids problematic neuro-reductionism and is aware of promises and perils of neuroscientific progress. It thus balances overly sceptical with overenthusiastic positions by offering a profound analysis of scientific and ethical issues.

Gottlob Freges „Grundgesetze der Arithmetik“

Ein Kommentar des Vorworts, des Nachworts und der einleitenden Paragrafen

Rainer Stuhlmann-Laeisz

In seinem Hauptwerk Grundgesetze der Arithmetik stellt Gottlob Frege sein Logizistisches Programm – ausgearbeitet in der Philosophie der Mathematik – dar. Er leitet die Axiome der Arithmetik allein mit Beweismitteln der Logik aus logischen Wahrheiten, den Grundgesetzen der Arithmetik, ab. Rainer Stuhlmann-Laeisz leitet ein in Gottlob Freges Philosophie der Logik und der Mathematik und kommentiert das Vorwort, das Nachwort sowie die einleitenden Paragrafen der „Grundgesetze“. Ebenfalls aufgenommen in den Band sind in leicht überschaubarer Zuordnung die kommentierten Fregeschen Texte. Das Buch ist auch für die akademische Lehre in den Anfangssemestern geeignet.

Tabea Rohr

Frege ist bekannt für seinen Versuch, die Arithmetik aus der Logik herzuleiten. Wenn Logik die Grundlage der Arithmetik ist, so muss die Logik selbst eine Wissenschaft mit eigenen Inhalten sein.Die Autorin zeigt, wie es Frege gelingt, logische Zeichen zu eigenständigen Begriffen aufzuwerten, der Logik dadurch einen eigenen Inhalt zuzusprechen und diesen von den Inhalten anderer Wissenschaften abzugrenzen. Dabei wird deutlich, dass Frege sich schwer damit getan hat, vom Kantischen Diktum abzuweichen, dass Logik nur ein negativer Probierstein der Wahrheit sei. Die Suche nach dem Grund dafür, dass Frege sich zu einer inhaltlichen Konzeption gezwungen fühlt, führt in die Geometriegeschichte des 19. Jahrhunderts, vor deren Hintergrund die Anfangsparagraphen der Grundlagen der Arithmetik neu interpretiert werden.

Edited by Michael Quante, Hiroshi Goto, Tim Rojek and Shingo Segawa

Der Band bringt deutsche wie japanische Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler zusammen, die sich dem Begriff der Person in seinen Dimensionen und vielfältigen Debattenkontexten sowie seinen historischen Prägungen widmen. Die Beiträge des Bandes gehen den historischen Konturen sowie systematischen Potenzialen des Begriffs nach. So werden die zahlreichen Kontexte theoretischer wie praktischer, klassischer wie zeitgenössischer Philosophie explizit, für die der Begriff der Person eine zentrale Rolle spielt.

Understanding Fiction

Knowledge and Meaning in Literature

Edited by Jürgen Daiber, Eva-Maria Konrad and Thomas Petraschka

The book addresses the questions how literature can convey knowledge and how literary meaning can arise in the face of the fact that fictional texts waive the usual claim to truth. Based on the interdisciplinary cooperation of literary scholars and analytic philosophers, the present anthology attempts a) to analyze the possibility and conditions of gaining know - ledge through literature, and b) to apply, in a fruitful way, philosophical theories of meaning and interpretation to the constitution of meaning within the language of literature. The project is guided by the hypothesis that the cognitive function of literature cannot be understood without such fundamental modelings of the complex interaction of meaning, truth and knowledge.


Edited by Katerina Ierodiakonou and Pieter Sjoerd Hasper

We are glad to present the nineteenth volume of this journal. Its unitary thematic focus concerns a fruitful discussion of a variety of approaches in Ancient Epistemology. This volume of Logical Analysis and History of Philosophy presents in total eleven articles on the theme of Ancient Epistemology, ranging from the presocratic philosopher Xenophanes to Plotinus and Sextus Empiricus, both by established colleagues and by younger scholars at the beginning of their career. Many interpretations are new or feature new ideas or new applications of ideas. We are confident that they will stimulate the readers to develop their understanding of ancient epistemology in response to them. The Authors: Matthew Duncombe, Alexander P. D. Mourelatos, Patricia Curd, Lucas Angioni, Ada Bronowski, Lee Franklin, Audrey Anton, David Bronstein, Anna Tigani, Andrew Payne, Eleni Perdikouri, Petter Sandstad, Jared Smith and Ádám Tamás Tuboly.

Self-knowledge and Self-deception

The Role of Transparency in First Personal Knowledge

Christoph Michel

Self-knowledge and self-deception present fundamental problems and puzzles to philosophy of mind. In this book accounts of both phenomena are systematically developed and defended against classical and recent views. The proposed 'cognitive ascent model' offers an explanation of the intuitive peculiarity of self-knowledge as well as of the reach and limits of our epistemic privilege. The model builds on a general transparency principle for attitudes. Transparency can be the key to a genuinely first-personal knowledge of attitudes to the extent that someone’s having a certain attitude is to be identified with his attributing a value property to an intentional object. The offered view rejects the strategies of inner sense, parallelism and constitutivism. Paradigmatic self-deception, rather than being a failure of recognizing one’s own mental states is a failure at the level of metacognitive control over belief-formation. Self-deceptive beliefs are formed or maintained against criterial evidence via pseudo-rational adaptations in belief-systems.