Mind as Social Construct
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Humans function in large part by invoking mental categories; that is, we describe ourselves and others as thinking, wishing, wanting; as desiring, feeling, liking, believing. Our talk about such things may be more circuitous or more straightforward, but we tend to think of it as having moorings of some kind, at least potentially, outside of the talk itself. Or so it might seem to us. But in what is meant here by the mind as social construct view the availability of such moorings for mental categories is denied. According to this view, other talk is the only available moorings for talk about the mind. We are locked in language. Any assertions we may make are doomed to remain within the realm of discourse as such, within a rhetorical circle that cannot be broken or broken out of, which means that such statements are just a function of the conventional assumptions of one’s time and culture.