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The Making of the Modern Mind : The Surfacing of Consciousness in SocialThought - Philip Hodgkiss

The Making of the Modern Mind

The Surfacing of Consciousness in SocialThought

Paperback Published: 1st August 2001
ISBN: 9780485006292
Number Of Pages: 280

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The Making of the Modern Mind traces the of emergence "consciousness" in social thought from the 17th century to the 21st. Against the classical notions of consciousness and self, alternative agendas began to be developed in the 19th century by figures as diverse as Marx and Nietzsche. The struggles between classical conceptions of consciousness and these alternatives -- which promised more radical and emancipatory interpretations -- continued into the 20th century.

From the start, the concept of "consciousness" connected with a range of other notions. Questions of the self and of identity were widely disputed in the Enlightenment whilst the 20th century contributed new concerns, chiefly the philosophical issues of being and acting and the problematic status of reality for a theory of mind. Today, consciousness is viewed much more as a public and linguistic world rather than a private and mentalistic one.

The Making of the Modern Mind explores the contemporary debates around consciousness and identity, crucially setting the analysis within its social and historical context. Written in a clear and engaging style, the book will be of interest to students in philosophy, psychology, sociology, and anthropology.

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"This book exhibits a profound grasp of a wide-ranging and complex literature. It is a work of considerable sophistication and great authority. Moreover, it is written in a highly readable and stimulating style and organized in a user-friendly way. It deserves to become the text on this subject for many years to come." Stephen Edgell

Introductionp. 3
Posing the problem (and stage setting)
Consciousness - defining the concept
The coming of age of consciousness in philosophyp. 17
The self and identity - introduction
Rationalism and empiricism - Descartes to Hume
Hume's empiricism
Idealism - Kant and Hegel
Marx and the Marxistsp. 43
The political economy of 'consciousness'
Marx's concept of man
Consciousness as praxis
Consciousness as ideology (Engels)
Class consciousness (Lenin)
Lukacs and reification
Gramsci and hegemony
The overcoming of consciousness in philosophyp. 69
Irrationalism - Schopenhauer and Nietzsche
Mach, James and the pragmatists and Bergson
Dilthey and the Geisteswissenschaften tradition
The sociology of consciousnessp. 97
The intervention of the sociological perspective
Durkheim and Pareto
The sociology of knowledge
The social construction of reality
The influence of Simmel
Symbolic interactionism
The tradition of ethnomethodology
The supersession of consciousness in social thoughtp. 136
Ryle and Wittgenstein
Point, counterpoint - Sartre and Merleau-Ponty
The politic body
Foucault and post-structuralism
The 'new' critique of consciousnessp. 175
The range of opinion
Sociology - someone else in mind
The identity of the narrative biographical self
Consciousness - points of the sociological compass (Elias, Giddens, Archer and Campbell)
The alter-ego - consciousness and the non-social world
Anthropology - prologue
The rehearsal of the debate
The new psychology and philosophy of consciousness - prologue
The narrative, biographical self - reprise
Consciousness - the mind set of the 'new' psychology and philosophy
The social psychology of social constructionism and discourse theory - kicking over the traces
Conclusionp. 217
Components of consciousness
The reach of reality
The inside-out of collective consciousness
Notesp. 243
Referencesp. 249
Indexp. 261
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ISBN: 9780485006292
ISBN-10: 0485006294
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 1st August 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.7 x 15.6  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1