As generally understood, the world of our everyday experience is an appearance due in part to impacts on us of such things as wavelengths of light or moving particles and in part to contingent features of our sense organs and brains. A central theme in Haugeland’s work is that this picture is profoundly misguided, that we need to recover something more like the ancient Aristotelian conception of ourselves as rational animals. It appears, then, that we are faced with a choice between the ancient Aristotelian conception of our mindedness and the modern Cartesian conception, more exactly, a naturalized version of it. But Haugeland’s account of our mindedness is not merely pre-modern. It is, as I argue, recognizably “post-modern” in incorporating insights of both the pre-modern Aristotelian conception and that of early modernity.
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