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Persons And Their Minds : A Philosophical Investigation - Elmer W. Sprague

Persons And Their Minds

A Philosophical Investigation

Paperback Published: 23rd July 1999
ISBN: 9780813391281
Number Of Pages: 207

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"Persons and Their Minds" compares the conflicting claims of mindism and personism and argues for placing persons at the center of philosophy of mind. Mindism stems from Descartes, takes the spectator stance, and makes the mind the subject of mental verbs such as "know," "think," and "believe." Personism stems from Wittgenstein and Ryle, takes the agent stance, and restores persons to their proper place as subjects of mental verbs.Employing lessons taught by Wittgenstein and Ryle, the book offers a running criticism of mindism as it appears in the work of Descartes, Locke, Davidson, Fodor, Hume, Parfit, Dennett, Searle, McGinn, Flanagan, Chalmers, and Baars, and demonstrates personism's ability to resist various forms of mindism. Intended for upper-level or graduate students of philosophy, "Persons and Their Minds" should also interest psychologists, psychotherapists, and other professionals who use philosophy of mind in their work.

Mindism and Personism
Mindism and Personismp. 3
Descartes's Concept of Mindp. 11
Un-Locke-ing the Mindp. 25
A Wittgensteinian Philosophy of Mindp. 37
Ryle, Mind, and Personsp. 67
Wittgenstein and Rylep. 85
Personism and Mindism
Mental Events?p. 97
Functionalismp. 105
Giving Persons a Hard Timep. 117
Consciousnessp. 145
Envoip. 183
Bibliographyp. 185
Indexp. 189
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ISBN: 9780813391281
ISBN-10: 0813391288
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 207
Published: 23rd July 1999
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.31
Edition Number: 1