<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Baker (Lynne Rudder) - Practical Realism Defended: Replies to Critics (Theo Todman's Book Collection - Paper Abstracts) </title> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /></head> <BODY> <CENTER> <div id="header"><HR><h1>Theo Todman's Web Page - Paper Abstracts</h1><HR></div><A name="Top"></A> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_07/PaperSummary_7304.htm">Practical Realism Defended: Replies to Critics</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/B/Author_Baker (Lynne Rudder).htm">Baker (Lynne Rudder)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Explaining Beliefs: Lynne Rudder Baker and her Critics, Anthonie Meijers, ed. (Stanford: CSLI Publications, 2001): 183-218</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=400><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_07/PaperSummary_7304.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF="#ColourConventions">Text Colour-Conventions</a></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><U>Author s Introduction</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ul type="disc"><li>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.</li><li>The topics that I shall consider are these: <ol type="1"><li>Causal Explanatoriness of the Attitudes (Dretske, Elugardo); </li><li>The  Brain-Explain Thesis and Metaphysical Constraints on Explanation (Antony, Elugardo); </li><li>Causal Powers of Beliefs (Meyering); </li><li>Microreduction (Beckermann); </li><li>Non-Emergent, Non-Reductive Materialism (Antony); </li><li>The Master Argument Against the Standard View (Dretske, Antony, Elugardo); </li><li>Practical Realism Extended (Meijers); </li><li>Alternative to Both the Standard View and Practical Realism (Newen).</li></ol> </li></ul> </FONT><hr><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><B>Comment: </B><BR><BR>See <a name="W2919W"></a><A HREF = "http://people.umass.edu/lrb/files/bak01praM.pdf" TARGET = "_top">Link</A>.<BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR></P><a name="ColourConventions"></a><p><b>Text Colour Conventions (see <A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</b></p><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li><LI><FONT COLOR = "800080">Mauve</FONT>: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); &copy; the author(s)</li></OL> <BR><HR><BR><CENTER> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD> <TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD> <TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-02T06:57" pubdate>02/08/2018 06:57:15</time> <br><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A></TD></TR> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD> </TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR> </BODY> </HTML>