On Being With Others

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415171236
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/19/1998
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 The threat of scepticism 7
A sceptical argument 11
The subject of scepticism 19
2 Reframing scepticism I: J. L. Austin 24
Austin and the problem of other minds 25
Austin and the metaphysical legacy of Frege's philosophy 33
3 Reframing scepticism II: Heidegger 43
Heidegger and the tradition 44
Heidegger's analysis of Dasein 50
Splitting the phenomenon of being-with 56
Conclusion 60
4 The human animal 61
The being of animals 62
The spirit of the lion 70
5 Philosophy and the ideal of exactness 76
Derrida and the affirmation of dissemination 77
Wittgenstein and the Augustinian picture of language 83
6 Rules and events of language 93
The phenomenon of language 94
The limits of calculability 99
7 Communication and iterability 107
Repetitions of the same 108
Writing and communication 115
Transforming the traditional model of communication 120
8 Reading the other 128
Criteria and other minds 129
McDowell on other minds 136
On being with others 140
Closing remarks 148
Notes 153
Bibliography 164
Index 169
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