心智及其世界

【英语】 心智及其世界 2010-11-07

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书名: Mind and Its World (The Problems of Philosophy)
作者: Gregory McCulloch (Author)
出版社: Routledge; 1 edition (June 13, 1995)
语言: English
ISBN-10: 0415122058
ISBN-13: 978-0415122054

Book Description
Ever since Descartes made his sharp distinction between the mind and the body, the idea that the mind is essentially separable from the world and even from the body it inhabits has exerted an enormous influence on philosophy, psychology, cognitive science and artificial intelligence: the mind, the argument runs, is 'in the head'.

In The Mind and Its World, Gregory McCulloch argues that this claim is in fact untenable. Tracing the history of the idea from Descartes through Locke, Frege and Wittgenstein to behaviourism and contemporary forms of Cartesianism, he demonstrates that the philosophy of mind has yet to resolve many of the problems arising from its adoption and adaptation of Descartes' position.

McCulloch argues that these issues can only be resolved through a non-Cartesian approach, and in the second part of this book he develops such an alternative. The resulting position is externalist and holds that the mind is separable neither from the body nor from the environment in which this body lives.

The Mind and Its World provides a clear and accessible introduction to a cluster of contemporary controversies in the philosophy of mind and language. Written mainly for students with no previous knowledge of the subject, it will also make stimulating reading for specialists in the field.

Review
'If this book is read as widely as it deserves to be, especially by undergraduates, then it should have two beneficial effects: externalism will appear more straightforwardly compelling, and the haze surrounding it will no longer be mistaken for aura.' -- MIND

'Provides an engaging introduction to the philosophy of language and the metaphysics of mind-world relations. The arguments are neatly signposted throughout the book and the style is clear and declamatory; the writing is fresh, vigorous and witty.' -- MIND

About the Author
Gregory McCulloch is Reader in Philosophy at the University of Nottingham. He is the author of an acclaimed book on the philosophy of language, The Game of the Name. His recent introduction to the early Sartre, Using Sartre, is also available from Routledge.

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