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The Immaterial Self : A Defence of the Cartesian Dualist Conception of the Mind - John Foster

The Immaterial Self

A Defence of the Cartesian Dualist Conception of the Mind

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Published: 14th November 1996
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Dualism is a doctrine engaged on two fronts. It affirms a thesis about the mind, in opposition to various forms of materialism and mental reductionism, and a thesis about the physical world, in opposition to various forms of mentalism and idealism. "The Immaterial" "Self" examines a dualist account of the mind, a defence of the Cartesian account in which the immaterial contents of the mind are assigned to an immaterial mental subject. Foster vigorously attacks alternative accounts of the mind--both those, like functionalism and the identity theories, which are opposed to dualism as such, and those which accept dualism in a Humean (non-Cartesian) form. In its final sections, the book develops positive accounts of the attachment of the self to the body, its power of free agency, and its role in personal identity.

ISBN: 9780415156332
ISBN-10: 0415156335
Series: International Library of Philosophy
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 308
Published: 14th November 1996
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1