The University of Sussex

The varieties of eliminativism (sentential, intentional and catastrophic)

Andy Clark

The target text (Barbara Hannan's 'Don't Stop Believing', this issue) gathers a variety of anti-Eliminativist remedies and combines them into a potent cocktail. The most active and powerful ingredient in this cocktail is the appeal to rationality: Eliminativism founders, it seems, on the need to continue to see ourselves as rational agents. For the vision of rational agenthood is pretty much inextricable, Hannan suggests, from the description of agents as possessing states which are individuated in terms of their propositional content.


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