Philosophical Psychopathology: Philosophy without Thought Experiments [NOOK Book]

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Garry Young presents examples of rare pathological conditions such as blindsight, anarchic hand, alien control and various delusional states to inform fundamental questions on topics relating to consciousness, intentional action, thought and rationality, as well as what is required to possess certain kinds of knowledge. Rather than trying to answer these questions by inventing far-fetched scenario or 'thought experiments', this book argues that there is a better but, at present, under-used resource available: ...
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Philosophical Psychopathology: Philosophy without Thought Experiments

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Overview

Garry Young presents examples of rare pathological conditions such as blindsight, anarchic hand, alien control and various delusional states to inform fundamental questions on topics relating to consciousness, intentional action, thought and rationality, as well as what is required to possess certain kinds of knowledge. Rather than trying to answer these questions by inventing far-fetched scenario or 'thought experiments', this book argues that there is a better but, at present, under-used resource available: namely, clinical case studies evidence. Thus, when inquiry as to whether consciousness must necessarily accompany our intentional action, instead of creating a philosophical zombie why not look to the actions of those suffering from blindsight or visual agnosia. Similarly, when considering whether it is possible to doubt that one thinks, why invent a malicious demon as Descartes did when one can draw on delusional evidence from those suffering from thought insertion who deny certain thoughts are theirs.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781137329332
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 11/8/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 216
  • File size: 903 KB

Meet the Author

Garry Young is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK. He is the author of Ethics in the Virtual World: The Morality and Psychology of Gaming, Delusional Misidentification and Transcending Taboos: A Moral and Psychological Examination of Cyberspace (co-authored, M.T. Whitty).
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
PART I: THE ROLE OF CONSCIOUSNESS IN INTENTIONAL ACTION
2. Philosophical Issue 1: Conscious Inessentialism
3. Blindsight and Other Visuomotor Pathologies
4. Philosophical Issue 2: What Makes an Action Intentional?
5. Anarchic Hand
6. Alien Control
7. Philosophical Issue 2 Revisited: Conscious Decision Making and Free Will
PART II: THOUGHT, SUBJECTIVITY AND RATIONALITY
8. Philosophical Issue 3: What Makes a Thought My Thought?
9. Thought Insertion
10. Philosophical Issue 4: What is it to be Rational?
11. The Capgras Delusion
12. The Cotard Delusion
PART III: KNOWLEDGE HOW AND EPISTEMOLOGICAL REDUCTION
13. Philosophical Issue 5: Ryle's Dichotomy and the Intellectualist Challenge
14. Visuomotor Pathologies Revisited
Epilogue
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