Mind, Self and Interiority

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859721537
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/1/1995
  • Series: Avebury Series in Philosophy Ser.
  • Pages: 194
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 The Case Against Privacy 4
The private language argument 5
Privacy as the mark of the mental 10
The epistemology of person-perception 13
Descartes without introspection 16
Descartes without self-knowledge 19
2 The Elimination of the Inner Process 26
Privileged access: an anti-Cartesian myth 27
The infallible self-knower: another anti-Cartesian myth 30
The hypothetical other 33
Language, self-testimony, and the problem of autonomy 37
Self-acquaintance and self-observation 41
Behaviourism and the disappearance of introspection 46
3 The Materialization of Mind 53
Qualia: a matter of life and death 59
Emergentism: the case for a first-person ontology 63
Mind as inner cause 67
Privacy, mentality, and incorrigibility 71
4 The Case Against Folk Psychology 75
Science, folk theory, and theoretical folk 77
Demons, mental states, and other theoretical entities 87
The ineliminability of the subjective view 91
Subjectivity as a property of brains 97
5 The Mechanization of the Inner Life 101
A beast-machine for the Chinese room? 103
Little philosophical sideshow: 'learned' animals and neural nets 108
Functionalism and the machine analogy 110
From intentional systems to the tell-tale self 113
Systems and wholes: the case for a complex yet unified ego 125
6 The Declension of Subjectivity 132
Reintroducing the first person 135
Bodies, minds, and individuation 137
Lacan and the imaginary ego 146
Foucault and the confessional self 151
7 The Self Discontinued 160
Parfit's bundle theory 160
Persons without identity 164
The scattered self 169
Memory and the forensic concept of identity 172
'Me. And me now': a cogitatio for the modernist self 178
Bibliography 184
Index 191
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