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Mind, Normativity, Self and Properties

English title Mind, Normativity, Self and Properties
Applicant Soldati Gianfranco
Number 118623
Funding scheme ProDoc
Research institution Departement für Philosophie Philosophische Fakultät Universität Freiburg
Institution of higher education University of Fribourg - FR
Main discipline Philosophy
Start/End 01.10.2007 - 30.11.2010
Approved amount 208'157.00
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Keywords (7)

mind; normativity; self; properties; metaphysics; meta-metaphysics; epistemology

Lay Summary (English)

Lay summary
One first central topic in the school concerns the mind. On way of prospective research in the philosophy of mind concerns the nature of the self, its boundaries, its determination within the structure of the world and its relation to the body (see the Research Module Boundaries of the self); another perspective on the mind is given by the study of the first-person perspective on phenomenal concepts and how those concepts depend in their application and in their nature on the fact that they are essentially applied in the first person (see the RM First Person Access, Phenomenological Reflexion and Phenomenal Concepts); a further perspective on the mind concerns the way the mind is integrated into the natural world and more specifically into its causal structure (see the RM Mental causation, functionalism and the metaphysics of causation); and a final perspective concerns the normative dimensions of mental activities such as judging and acting (see the RM Norms of Mind and Knowledge). Clarification of these different issues requires conceptual means which belong to the typical domain of metaphysics, as for instance the question needs to be clarified as to what normative and phenomenal properties are (see the RM The (Meta-)Metaphysics of Properties and Relations).
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