The Subject's Point of View

Hardcover (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from BN.com
$57.59
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $10.52
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 83%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (21) from $10.52   
  • New (11) from $10.52   
  • Used (10) from $12.00   

Overview

Descartes's philosophy has had a considerable influence on the modern conception of the mind, but many think that this influence has been largely negative. The main project of The Subject's Point of View is to argue that discarding certain elements of the Cartesian conception would be much more difficult than critics seem to allow, since it is tied to our understanding of basic notions, including the criteria for what makes someone a person, or one of us. The crucial feature of the Cartesian view defended here is not dualism—which is not adopted—but internalism. Internalism is opposed to the widely accepted externalist thesis, which states that some mental features constitutively depend on certain features of our physical and social environment. In contrast, this book defends the minority internalist view, which holds that the mind is autonomous, and though it is obviously affected by the environment, this influence is merely contingent and does not delimit what is thinkable in principle. Defenders of the externalist view often present their theory as the most thoroughgoing criticism of the Cartesian conception of the mind; Katalin Farkas offers a defence of an uncompromising internalist Cartesian conception.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Katalin Farkas' The Subject's Point of View is a wonderful book. This book has a great many virtues. It contains a detailed presentation of the motivation for internalism in the philosophy of mind.... this book is a wonderful addition to the literature on intentionality, and in particular on the internalism/externalism debate."—Sandy Goldberg, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199230327
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Katalin Farkas is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy of the Central European University in Budapest. She earned a joint MA degree in mathematics and philosophy at the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, and received her doctorate in philosophy from the Hungarian Academy of Science. After teaching at the University of Liverpool, and then at the Eötvös Loránd University as part of the Philosophy of Language Research Group of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, she joined CEU in 2000. Her primary research is in the philosophy of mind, metaphysics, and Descartes. She is co-author and co-editor (with Tim Crane) of Metaphysics: A Guide and Anthology, published by Oxford University Press. Her recent and forthcoming publications include papers in Philosophical Studies, History of Philosophy Quarterly, The Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Synthese , The Monist and The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Language.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

1. Our Cartesian Mind
2. Unconscious, conscious, bodily
3. Persons and minds
4. The Internal and the External
5. Indiscriminability
6. Externalism and privileged self-knowledge
7. Reference and sense
Bibliography
Index

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)