Where Did It All Go Wrong?

  • Richard FloydEmail author


My final concern is the question of why, if I am right, the reificatory approach is so popular. I begin with a brief survey of the history of the concept of mind and the concept of a mental state. Arguing that there is a long standing tendency to reify both the mind and mental things, but that the emergence of the now mainstream concept of a reified token mental state is a very recent phenomenon, and appears to be largely accidental. A large part of explanation of both the reificatory tradition and the sudden emergence of the mental state is the influence of language and in particular of deep-rooted conceptual metaphors which mean that our pretheoretical notions of mind and of mental things are reificatory in character.


Philosophy of mind Psychology History of philosophy History of psychology Conceptual metaphor Metaphor Wittgenstein Ryle Turing Putnam 


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  1. 1.University of LancasterLancasterUK

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