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How to Build a Person: A Prolegomenon (Bradford Books) Paperback – July 1, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0262512237 ISBN-10: 0262512238

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  • Series: Bradford Books
  • Paperback: 203 pages
  • Publisher: A Bradford Book (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262512238
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262512237
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,189,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John L. Pollock is Regents Professor of Philosophy and Research Professor of Cognitive Science at the University of Arizona.

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7 of 23 people found the following review helpful By baylor on December 26, 2000
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Quick check - do you *love* to use terms like de se, de re, defeasible reasoning, supervenient, attenuated rational functionalism, intentionality, individuating, Tversky's representativeness heuristic, rebutting defeater, doxastic assumption, physicalism and simpliciter? If so, we _might_ have a book for you here
i'm not sure how to describe this book. i realize my rating (1 star) is harsh, so let me justify it by saying that this book appeals to a very small niche, and if you're not in that niche (which i am not), this book will probably bore you to tears
Although Pollock claims to be a philosopher, having read the book i'm going to guess that his specialty is symbolic logic. Pollock, obviously an active academic, talks exclusively about formal logic - "building a person" means only the ability to do formal logic. Like many boring academic works, it is chock full of citations, and the author seems to assume that you've read most of them. Actually, i get the feeling that the author expects that you wrote some of them, as the writing tone reminds me of an email pulled out of the end of a long, detailed flame war.
People who follow arguments in formal logic closely (i.e., other logicians) might find something interesting in this book. However, since i know relatively little about the current state of formal logic, this book went right over my head. As such, i'm really not qualified to say anything about the book other than, if you aren't part of the niche this book is targeting, you probably won't like it
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