- I wish to begin by thanking the contributors to this volume, who have put so much energy into reading my work, criticizing it and making helpful suggestions. Instead of engaging in tedious point-by-point combat, I shall organize my replies around a number of topics that, I trust, will be of interest to the general philosophical community. In this way, I hope not only to answer criticisms and to clear up misinterpretations, but also to further philosophical discussion about the attitudes. One dominant theme, shared by a number of my critics, is this: Belief-explanations, and macroexplanations generally, “cannot just stand on their own”, as Meyering put it. I shall discuss variations on this theme under several of the topics.
- The topics that I shall consider are these:
- Causal Explanatoriness of the Attitudes (Dretske, Elugardo);
- The “Brain-Explain” Thesis and Metaphysical Constraints on Explanation (Antony, Elugardo);
- Causal Powers of Beliefs (Meyering);
- Microreduction (Beckermann);
- Non-Emergent, Non-Reductive Materialism (Antony);
- The Master Argument Against the Standard View (Dretske, Antony, Elugardo);
- Practical Realism Extended (Meijers);
- Alternative to Both the Standard View and Practical Realism (Newen).
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