The Subject's Point of View

The Subject's Point of View

by Katalin Farkas
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199230323

ISBN-13: 9780199230327

Pub. Date: 10/01/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199230327
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/01/2008
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)

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

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