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Philosophical Papers : Volume 1, Human Agency and Language - Charles Taylor

Philosophical Papers

Volume 1, Human Agency and Language

Paperback Published: 27th May 1985
ISBN: 9780521317504
Number Of Pages: 304

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Charles Taylor has been one of the most original and influential figures in contemporary philosophy: his 'philosophical anthropology' spans an unusually wide range of theoretical interests and draws creatively on both Anglo-American and Continental traditions in philosophy. A selection of his published papers is presented here in two volumes, structured to indicate the direction and essential unity of the work. He starts from a polemical concern with behaviourism and other reductionist theories (particularly in psychology and the philosophy of language) which aim to model the study of man on the natural sciences. This leads to a general critique of naturalism, its historical development and its importance for modern culture and consciousness; and that in turn points, forward to a positive account of human agency and the self, the constitutive role of language and value, and the scope of practical reason. The volumes jointly present some two decades of work on these fundamental themes, and convey strongly the tenacity, verve and versatility of the author in grappling with them. They will interest a very wide range of philosophers and students of the human sciences.

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Agency and the self
What is human agencyn++
Self-interpreting animals
Hegel's philosophy of mind
The concept of a person
Philosophy of Psychology and Mind
Peaceful coexistence in psychology
What is involved in a genetic psychologyn++
How is mechanism conceivablen++
Cognitive psychology
Philosophy of Language
Language and human nature
Theories of meaning
Index
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ISBN: 9780521317504
ISBN-10: 0521317509
Series: Philosophical Papers (Cambridge)
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 27th May 1985
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.29  x 2.13
Weight (kg): 0.46

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