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The Metaphysics of Mind - Anthony Kenny

The Metaphysics of Mind

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What is mind? This book addresses a timeless question in an especially lively fashion, using language accessible to the layperson, but offering a rigor that will please the specialist. Drawing on the groundbreaking work of Ludwig Wittgenstein and using a structural approach similar to that of Gilbert Ryle's classic The Concept of Mind, Metaphysics of Mind forges the ideas of those influential thinkers with Kenny's own lifelong investigations into mind to create a classic work on philosophical psychology. Ranging from discussions of Cartesian dualism, through theories of emotion, to profound examinations of the imagination and intellect, Metaphysics of Mind is a book for anyone who has ever tried to understand the meaning and place of human consciousness in a vast physical universe.

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`the best-argued attack yet written on Descartes' account of the mind ... brilliantly economical and coherent' Anthony Quinton, Sunday Times 'the present book is a beautiful example of clear, careful, and logical writing on a subject that needs all three ... It is enlivened by well-chosen illustrations which succeed admirably in 'earthing' the argument when it threatens to become rather abstract ... This is a taxing book, but one well-worthwhile for anyone interested in conservative apologetics. There is a helpful index, and the whole is produced to the usual high standards of the University Press.' Douglas Spanner, Churchman `Kenny has provided the description of an important alternative with a defence that helps us to think and get clear about the nature of the mind.' Philosophy Now

Descartes' myth; Body, soul, mind, and spirit; The will; Emotion; Abilities, faculties, powers, and dispositions; Self and self-knowledge; Sensation and observation; Imagination; The intellect; Psychology; Bibliographical note; Index

ISBN: 9780192830708
ISBN-10: 0192830708
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 24th September 1992
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.9  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.14