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Other Minds : The Problems of Philosophy - Anita Avramides

Other Minds

The Problems of Philosophy

Paperback Published: 14th December 2000
ISBN: 9780415241939
Number Of Pages: 352

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How do we know whether there are other minds besides our own? The problem of other minds raises many questions which are at the root of all philosophical investigations - how it is we know, what is the mind and can we be certain about any of our beliefs?
In this compelling analysis of 'other minds' Anita Avramides traces the question from the Ancient Sceptics through to Descartes, Malebranche, Locke, Berkeley, Reid and Wittgenstein. The second part of the book explores the views of influential contemporary philosophers such as Strawson, Davidson, Nagel and Searle.
Other Minds provides a clear insightful introduction to one of the most important problems in philosophy. It will prove invaluable to all students of philosophy.

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'A worthwhile contribution. Its style makes it accessible to students, and it also deserves the attention of experts.' - Philosophical Quarterly

'...a major contribution to the literature on other minds.' - Philosophical Books

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Overviewp. 1
Philosophy and the problem of other mindsp. 1
The history of the problemp. 4
And more historyp. 13
The problem todayp. 15
Knowledge of other mindsp. 19
Ancient and modern scepticism and the problem of other mindsp. 21
Introductionp. 21
The ancient sceptics: a brief introductionp. 21
Ancient Greek scepticism and the problem of other mindsp. 26
Ancient and modern scepticismp. 30
Other minds: an epistemological problem?p. 36
Descartes and knowledge of other mindsp. 45
Introductionp. 45
Brief interlude: St Augustinep. 46
Descartes and the problem of other mindsp. 50
Descartes and the argument from analogyp. 51
Men versus automatonsp. 55
All and (of corporeal beings) only human animals have mindsp. 59
The test of a real manp. 62
Descartes' optimismp. 64
Malebranche and knowledge of other men's soulsp. 68
Introductionp. 68
Knowledge of one's own mindp. 72
Knowledge of bodiesp. 76
Knowledge of other men's mindsp. 79
Brief interlude: Arnaud on Malebranche on knowledge of other mindsp. 85
John Locke and knowledge of other spiritsp. 88
Introductionp. 88
Our idea of mindp. 90
'[Immaterial] substance, which we call spirit'p. 94
Other men's mindsp. 99
Knowledge and opinionp. 105
Conclusionp. 110
Berkeley and knowledge of other finite spiritsp. 113
Introductionp. 113
The objects of human knowledge: ideas and spiritp. 115
Our (probable) knowledge of other finite spiritsp. 123
Conclusionp. 132
The problem of other mindsp. 137
Thomas Reid and knowledge of other intelligent beingsp. 139
Introductionp. 139
First principles of common sensep. 142
Scepticism and the evidence of the sensesp. 146
First principles and other intelligent beingsp. 151
Reid versus Berkeleyp. 157
Conclusionp. 162
Brief interlude: John Stuart Millp. 164
Brief interlude: Carnap and Schlickp. 171
Wittgenstein and living with othersp. 181
Introductionp. 181
Early thoughtsp. 184
The mature viewp. 188
The private language argumentp. 201
Conclusionp. 210
The conceptual problem of other mindsp. 215
The conceptual problem of other mindsp. 217
Introductionp. 217
The conceptual problemp. 218
Our conceptual structurep. 230
Strawson and descriptive metaphysicsp. 233
Davidson and interpretationp. 239
Strawson and Davidsonp. 246
Another sceptical challengep. 248
The conceptual problem: another approachp. 254
Introductionp. 254
The (uninteresting) epistemological problemp. 254
The (interesting) conceptual problemp. 257
The problem of generality and the problem of unityp. 265
The relationship between epistemological and conceptual problemsp. 268
Rejecting behaviourp. 274
A challenge to behaviourp. 274
A return to behaviourp. 283
Notesp. 291
Bibliographyp. 318
Indexp. 327
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ISBN: 9780415241939
ISBN-10: 0415241936
Series: The Problems of Philosophy
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 14th December 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.34  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 1

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