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

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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.

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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

Introduction3
IPhilosophical Lives
1Wittgenstein: My Wicked Heart11
2Wittgenstein: Soul on Fire18
3Wittgenstein: Seething27
4Russell: Loftily Earthy and Earthily Lofty ...33
5Russell: You Would Not Want to Be Him35
6Russell: The Machine in the Ghost41
7Peirce: Logic and Sadness47
8Ayer: Old Scores54
IIMind
9Penrose: Past Computation65
10Humphrey: Getting the Wiggle into the Act74
11Churchland: A Problem Ignored80
12Marcel and Bisiach: The Language of Awareness85
13Nagel: The View from Nowhere88
14Chalmers: Wise Incomprehension100
15McGinn: Out of Body, Out of Mind105
16Lycan et al.: Imagining an Orgasm112
17Fodor: Mental Representations118
18Fodor: Using Common Sense122
19Davidson: Cooling It125
20Davidson: Weak Wills133
21Davidson: When Is an Action Intentional?139
22Putnam: Ideal Justifications142
23Chomsky: Rules and Representations147
24Quine: Theories and Things157
25Strawson and Warnock: Reputation164
26Sacks: Outpouchings171
27Stroud: Not Knowing What We Know178
28Kripke: Naming and Necessity181
29Ayer: Significantly Senseless184
30Budd: Wittgenstein's Philosophy of Psychology187
31Searle: Contract with Reality191
32Dennett: Leftover Life to Live197
IIIEthics
33Singer: Eating Animals Is Wrong207
34Frey: Beyond the Moral Pale215
35Pluhar: Born Free218
36Held and Baier: Mothers and Moralists224
37Foot: Good Things233
38Collingwood: Homage to Education240
39Putnam: In and Out of the Mind247
Index255

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