Why we think what we do about why we think what we do: Discussion on Goodman's 'On thoughts without words'
Dennett (Daniel)
Source: Cognition, 12 (1982) 219-227
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Author’s Introduction

  1. I find myself in almost complete agreement with Goodman's remarks about thought without words, so I am not going to pick a fight or chime agreement. Everything Goodman says here is plausible. Better yet, Goodman's major claims have the virtue of not being altogether obvious.
  2. How then did he get to them? What kind of investigation or research is Goodman conducting-and what methods has he used? Are the methods reliable? What kind of results do they yield? On what basis do we respond with agreement, or judgments of plausibility?


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