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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.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Colin McGinn's essays are always lively, lucid, provocative, and stimulating. He has his eye on hard and important questions, and addresses them with verve and insight. It is very good to have this strong collection available."—Noam Chomsky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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A collection of some 40 book reviews published in nonspecialist publications over the past 20 years, analyzing recent Anglo-American philosophical writing. Includes sections on lives of major figures, the question of consciousness, and ethics. For readers within the philosophical community and in the wider culture of intellectually curious readers. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195113556
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Series: Philosophy of Mind Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Lexile: 1260L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Colin McGinn is Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University. He is the author of numerous books, including The Problem of Consciousness, Problems in Philosophy, and Ethics, Evil and Fiction (OUP 1997).

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Table of Contents

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