Minds and Bodies: Philosophers and Their Ideas / Edition 1

Minds and Bodies: Philosophers and Their Ideas / Edition 1

by Colin McGinn
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195113551

ISBN-13: 9780195113556

Pub. Date: 08/28/1997

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

In Minds and Bodies, Colin McGinn offers proof that contemporary philosophy, in the hands of a consummate reviewer, can be the occasion not only sharp critical assessment, but also writing so clear and engaging that readers with no special background in the subject but simply a taste for challenging idea can feel welcome.

Gathering nearly forty review-essays

Overview

In Minds and Bodies, Colin McGinn offers proof that contemporary philosophy, in the hands of a consummate reviewer, can be the occasion not only sharp critical assessment, but also writing so clear and engaging that readers with no special background in the subject but simply a taste for challenging idea can feel welcome.

Gathering nearly forty review-essays printed mainly in nonspecialist publications over the past twenty years, McGinn, a distinguished philosopher and teacher, measures the best of recent Anglo-American philosophical writing, considering books by Thomas Nagel, John Searle, and Daniel Dennett, among others, and navigating with energy and wit important new work in ethics, philosophy of language, and philosophy of mind. Opening with a section on philosophical lives—books written on or by Ludwig Wittgenstein, Bertrand Russell, Charles Peirce, and A. J. Ayer— McGinn moves to the question of consciousness, offering readers two dozen crisp and provocative pieces on work seeking to define and illuminate the mind, its activity, and its relation to the world of physical objects. Closing with a section on ethics, McGinn brings a bold and sharply original perspective to argument in such controversial areas as animal rights and feminist moral theory.

A bracing collection of masterfully written reviews that together form an accessible picture of philosophy as it is practiced today, Minds and Bodies makes permanent the critical reflections of a gifted philosopher and writer and is destined to find an appreciative audience both within the philosophical community and in the wider culture of intellectually curious readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195113556
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/28/1997
Series:
Philosophy of Mind Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile:
1260L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Introduction 3(8)
I. PHILOSOPHICAL LIVES 11(54)
1. Wittgenstein: My Wicked Heart
11(7)
2. Wittgenstein: Soul on Fire
18(9)
3. Wittgenstein: Seething
27(6)
4. Russell: Loftily Earthy and Earthily Lofty
33(2)
5. Russell: You Would Not Want to Be Him
35(6)
6. Russell: The Machine in the Ghost
41(6)
7. Peirce: Logic and Sadness
47(6)
8. Ayer: Old Scores
54(11)
II. MIND 65(142)
9. Penrose: Past Computation
65(9)
10. Humphrey: Getting the Wiggle into the Act
74(6)
11. Churchland: A Problem Ignored
80(5)
12. Marcel and Bisiach: The Language of Awareness
85(3)
13. Nagel: The View from Nowhere
88(12)
14. Chalmers: Wise Incomprehension
100(4)
15. McGinn: Out of Body, Out of Mind
105(7)
16. Lycan et al.: Imagining an Orgasm
112(6)
17. Fodor: Mental Representations
118(4)
18. Fodor: Using Common Sense
122(3)
19. Davidson: Cooling It
125(8)
20. Davidson: Weak Wills
133(6)
21. Davidson: When Is an Action Intentional?
139(3)
22. Putnam: Ideal Justifications
142(5)
23. Chomsky: Rules and Representations
147(10)
24. Quine: Theories and Things
157(7)
25. Strawson and Warnock: Reputation
164(7)
26. Sacks: Outpouchings
171(7)
27. Stroud: Not Knowing What We Know
178(3)
28. Kripke: Naming and Necessity
181(3)
29. Ayer: Significantly Senseless
184(3)
30. Budd: Wittgenstein's Philosophy of Psychology
187(4)
31. Searle: Contract with Reality
191(6)
32. Dennett: Leftover Life to Live
197(10)
III. ETHICS 207(48)
33. Singer: Eating Animals Is Wrong
207(8)
34. Frey: Beyond the Moral Pale
215(3)
35. Pluhar: Born Free
218(6)
36. Held and Baier: Mothers and Moralists
224(9)
37. Foot: Good Things
233(7)
38. Collingwood: Homage to Education
240(7)
39. Putnam: In and Out of the Mind
247(8)
Index 255

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