On Being With Others

On Being With Others

by Simon Glendinning
     
 

On Being With Others is an outstanding exploration of this key philosophical question. Simon Glendinning shows how traditional positions in the philosophy of mind can do little to rebuff the accusation that in fact we have little claim to have knowledge of minds other than our own.
On Being With Others sets out to refute this charge and disentangle

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On Being With Others is an outstanding exploration of this key philosophical question. Simon Glendinning shows how traditional positions in the philosophy of mind can do little to rebuff the accusation that in fact we have little claim to have knowledge of minds other than our own.
On Being With Others sets out to refute this charge and disentangle many of the confusions in contemporary philosophy of mind and language that have led to such scepticism. Simon Glendinning explores why early attempts by J.L. Austin and Martin Heidegger to refute scepticism about other minds failed and argues that we must turn to Wittgenstein in order to build a solid theory of other minds. Drawing on the celebrated debate between John Searle and Jacques Derrida, Simon Glendinning establishes fascinating and important links between controversies in the philosophy of mind, language and epistemology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415171236
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/19/1998
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction1
1The threat of scepticism7
A sceptical argument11
The subject of scepticism19
2Reframing scepticism I: J. L. Austin24
Austin and the problem of other minds25
Austin and the metaphysical legacy of Frege's philosophy33
3Reframing scepticism II: Heidegger43
Heidegger and the tradition44
Heidegger's analysis of Dasein50
Splitting the phenomenon of being-with56
Conclusion60
4The human animal61
The being of animals62
The spirit of the lion70
5Philosophy and the ideal of exactness76
Derrida and the affirmation of dissemination77
Wittgenstein and the Augustinian picture of language83
6Rules and events of language93
The phenomenon of language94
The limits of calculability99
7Communication and iterability107
Repetitions of the same108
Writing and communication115
Transforming the traditional model of communication120
8Reading the other128
Criteria and other minds129
McDowell on other minds136
On being with others140
Closing remarks148
Notes153
Bibliography164
Index169

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