The Mind

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At the beginning of the twenty-first century, it might seem that questions about the nature of the mind are best left to scientists rather than philosophers. How could the views of Aristotle or Descartes or Kant possibly contribute anything to debates about these issues, when the relevant neurophysiological facts and principles were completely unknown to them?
This Oxford Reader shows that the arguments of philosophers throughout history still provide essential insights into ...
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Overview


At the beginning of the twenty-first century, it might seem that questions about the nature of the mind are best left to scientists rather than philosophers. How could the views of Aristotle or Descartes or Kant possibly contribute anything to debates about these issues, when the relevant neurophysiological facts and principles were completely unknown to them?
This Oxford Reader shows that the arguments of philosophers throughout history still provide essential insights into contemporary questions about the mind and help to clarify the underlying scientific assumptions. Contributions from thinkers ranging from Plato and Locke to Roger Penrose and Oliver Sacks show that appreciating the full complexity of debates about consciousness, intelligence, and perception demands attention to fundamental questions that have occupied philosophers for over two thousand years.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780192893086
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/28/1998
  • Series: Oxford Readers Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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Daniel Robinson is Distinguished Research Professor at Georgetown University, Washington, and regularly lectures at the University of Oxford. His publications include An Intellectual History of Psychology (1995), The Philosophy of Psychology (1985), and Wild Beasts and Idle Humours: Legal Insanity from Antiquity to the Present (1996).

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Table of Contents

I The Transcendent Mind
1 The Upanisads 14
2 Fragments from the Doxographers 16
3 Meno 18
4 Phaedo 20
5 On the Soul 23
6 Metaphysics 24
7 On Free Choice of the Will 26
8 Summa Theologica 32
9 Meditations 36
10 Of the Principles of Human Knowledge 43
11 The Monadology 48
12 New Essays on Human Understanding 51
13 Critique of Pure Reason: The Transcendental Aesthetic 55
II The Mind as Spectator
14 Posterior Analytics 73
15 On the Soul 75
16 Knowledge of Bodies 77
17 On Universals 84
18 Of Man 87
19 Of Ideas 88
20 Of General Terms 91
21 An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding 93
22 An Inquiry into the Human Mind 101
23 Inductive Logic 107
24 Does 'Consciousness' Exist? 115
25 Descartes' Myth 120
III Mind, Brain, and Modules
26 Ancient Medicine 143
27 The Sacred Disease 144
28 On the Usefulness of the Parts of the Body 146
29 The Soul's Dependence on the Body 147
30 Principles of Philosophy 148
31 Objections to Descartes's Meditations 151
32 Man a Machine 152
33 Observations on Man 155
34 The Relationship between the Moral and the Physical 159
35 Outlines of Phrenology 161
36 Phrenology Examined 165
37 In Search of the Engram 167
38 Of the Nervous System 171
39 On the Hypothesis that Animals are Automata 174
40 The Trial of Hadfield 179
41 Responsibility in Mental Disease 183
42 Sensations and Brain Processes 186
43 Eliminative Materialism and the Propositional Attitudes 193
44 Of Analogy 203
45 Agnostic Materialism 206
46 The Rediscovery of the Mind 209
47 The Mystery of the Mind 214
48 Basic Postulates of Analytical Psychology 217
49 Computing Machinery and Intelligence 218
IV The Evolution of Mind
50 Parts of Animals 237
51 History of Animals 238
52 First Principles 239
53 The Descent of Man 242
54 The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals 248
55 The Evolution of Man 251
56 Animal Intelligence 254
57 An Introduction to Comparative Psychology 260
58 Studies of Childhood 264
59 Evolutionary Psychology Demands a Mind-Dust 269
60 Darwinism 271
61 The Role of Language in Intelligence 274
62 What is it Like to be a Bat? 279
63 Natural Selection of Algorithms? 284
V Mind and Self: Divided, Constructed, and Multiplied
64 The Idea of Personal Identity 297
65 Of Personal Identity 301
66 Of Mr. Locke's Account of Personal Identity 308
67 The Consciousness of Self 310
68 Mind and Consciousness 315
69 The Blue Book 317
70 Dissection of the Personality 323
71 The Disembodied Lady 327
72 Why Our Identity is not What Matters 332
73 Brain Bisection and Personal Identity 338
74 Cerebral Plurality and the Unity of Self 344
VI Epilogue: The Mind of the Poets
75 On the Nature of Things 356
76 A Dialogue between the Soul and the Body 357
77 The All-Seeing Intellect 358
78 In Memoriam 361
79 The Mind 362
Notes 363
Select Bibliography 368
Biographical Notes 372
Source Acknowledgements 383
Index 387
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