This is Part I of an interview with Professor Jesse Prinz of City University of New York. In this video, our assistant editor Dan Tippens asks Professor Prinz about his book “Furnishing the Mind: Concepts and their perceptual basis.” First, Dan asks Prinz what the desiderata of a theory of concepts are. Prinz then discusses why he thinks that intentionality should be exorcised from the list of desiderata. The two then move on to discussing the leading extant theories of concepts, and end Part I with some conversation about a-modal theories of concepts and how they differ from traditional, and neo, empiricist theories. (Thanks to Luke Rodgers for his assistance with the editing of this video.)
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Daniel Tippens is a research technician at New York University School of Medicine. He is also an assistant editor for the webzine Scientia Salon.
Jesse J. Prinz is a Distinguished Professor of philosophy and director of the Committee for Interdisciplinary Science Studies at the City University of New York, Graduate Center. He works primarily in the philosophy of psychology and ethics and has authored several books and over 100 articles, addressing such topics as emotion, moral psychology, aesthetics and consciousness. Much of his work in these areas has been a defense of empiricism against psychological nativism, and he situates his work as in the naturalistic tradition of philosophy associated with David Hume. Prinz is also an advocate of experimental philosophy.