Re-Thinking The Cogito

Re-Thinking The Cogito

by Christopher Norris
     
 

ISBN-10: 1441171541

ISBN-13: 9781441171542

Pub. Date: 09/02/2010

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic








Re-Thinking the Cogito seeks to combine a strongly naturalistic with a distinctively rationalist perspective on some nowadays much-discussed issues in philosophy of mind. Against the common view that they involve downright incompatible conceptions of mind, knowledge and ethics it seeks

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Re-Thinking the Cogito seeks to combine a strongly naturalistic with a distinctively rationalist perspective on some nowadays much-discussed issues in philosophy of mind. Against the common view that they involve downright incompatible conceptions of mind, knowledge and ethics it seeks to unite a naturalism that draws on recent advances in neurophysiology and cognitive science with an outlook that gives full weight to those normative values at the heart of rationalist thought.

True to the book's constructive spirit, Norris offers various detailed proposals for bringing the two approaches into a mutually enhancing - though also mutually provocative - relationship. He finds that claim strikingly prefigured in Spinoza's working-out of a non-reductive yet metaphysically uncompromising mind/body monism. Moreover he suggests how a thoroughly naturalised approach might yet become a locus of productive engagement with the work of an ultra-rationalist thinker such as Alain Badiou. Thus Norris puts the case that physically embodied human thought has cognitive, intellectual and creative powers that cannot and need not be accounted for in terms of conscious (let alone self-conscious) reflection.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441171542
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
09/02/2010
Series:
Bloomsbury Studies in Philosophy Series
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


Foreword Introduction \ 1. Living with Naturalism, Full-Strength: Why Philosophers Find it Hard \ 2. Frankfurt on Second-Order Desires and the Concept of a Person \ 3 Re-Thinking the Cogito: Thought, Knowledge and the Limits of Consciousness \ 4. Catching Up with Spinoza: Naturalism, Rationalism and Cognitive Science \ 5. Alain Badiou: Rationalism, Ethics, and the Venture of Thought \ Bibliography \ Index.

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