@misc{cogprints1203, volume = {13}, number = {4}, author = {Peter Carruthers}, editor = {Sarah Patterson}, title = {Conscious thinking: language or elimination?}, publisher = {Blackwell}, journal = {Mind and language}, year = {1998}, keywords = {conscious thinking, language in thought, self-knowledge}, url = {http://cogprints.org/1203/}, abstract = {Do we conduct our conscious propositional thinking in natural language? Or is such language only peripherally related to human conscious thought-processes? In this paper I shall present a partial defence of the former view, by arguing that the only real alternative is eliminativism about conscious propositional thinking. Following some introductory remarks, I shall state the argument for this conclusion, and show how that conclusion can be true. Thereafter I shall defend each of the three main premises in turn.} }