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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; Reprint edition (1 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199592039
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199592036
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 0.6 x 13.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,281,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Review from previous edition Extremely engaging and rewarding... Any philosopher will be better off for having read the book... It is challenging, rigourous and innovative - and it continues to make you think long after you have closed the cover. (Clare Batty, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews)

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Robert C. Stalnaker is Professor of Philosophy at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His teaching and research interests are in philosophical logic, the philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of language. He is the author of Inquiry (Bradford Books, 1984), Context and Content (OUP, 1999), and Ways a World Might Be (OUP, 2003).

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stefan Brenner on 22 April 2011
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I've read quite a bit of Stalnaker's work and found it to be one of two things: either clear and informative, or hopelessly technical and obscure. This book definitely falls into the former category - the author takes the reader back to basics and shows how our adoption of one or other among alternative frameworks for discussing the "internal world" inevitably circumscribes "what counts" as answering important philosophical questions about it. Stalnaker discusses several well-known thought experiments about "experience" and demonstrates the consequences of often overlooked presuppositions. His advocacy of a modest form of realism and externalism about perceptual content is both cogent and persuasive.
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stalnakers stick together 5 Oct. 2012
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I do not know that the author is actually a relative! He does anti-cartesian here--an Oxford/MIT sort of guy. I play the other side of the street. I enjoyed his tight reasoning for the first half of the book. Then I noticed he was putting these big cracks in the anti-cartesian wall and the Cartesian stuff glows through the cracks. Hmm. Think of Cartesian stuff as a bit like Deity if you like. So I decided he was a playful sort and got many deep chuckles out of the second half as I observed his enjoyment.

But...in the afterword he says something that seems to be Robert speaking about something that has meaning to him and it haunts me still six months later.

And take care. Wonderful book but not for those who need truth and certainity.

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