The Meaning of Mind: Language, Morality, and Neuroscience

The Meaning of Mind: Language, Morality, and Neuroscience

by Thomas Stephen Szasz
     
 

ISBN-10: 081560775X

ISBN-13: 9780815607755

Pub. Date: 10/28/2002

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

In this brilliantly original and highly accessible work, Thomas Szasz demonstrates the futility of analyzing the mind as a collection of brain functions. Instead of trying to unravel the riddle of a mythical entity called "the mind," Szasz suggests that our task should be to understand and judge persons always as moral agents responsible for their own actions, not as

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In this brilliantly original and highly accessible work, Thomas Szasz demonstrates the futility of analyzing the mind as a collection of brain functions. Instead of trying to unravel the riddle of a mythical entity called "the mind," Szasz suggests that our task should be to understand and judge persons always as moral agents responsible for their own actions, not as victims of brain chemistry. This is Szasz's most ambitious work to date. In his best-selling book, The Myth of Mental Illness, he took psychiatry to task for misconstruing human conflict and coping as mental illness. In Our Right to Drugs, he exposed the irrationality and political opportunism that fuels the Drug War. In The Meaning of Mind, he warns that we misconstrue the dialogue within as a problem of consciousness and neuroscience, and do so at our own peril.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815607755
Publisher:
Syracuse University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2002
Pages:
182
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Thought: Self-Conversation
Responsibility: Self-Blame and Self-Praise
Memory: Fabricating the Past and the Future
Brain: The Abuse of Neuroscience
Mind: The History of an Idea
Mental Illness and Mental Treatment: Modernity's Master Metaphors
Epilogue: The Person as Moral Agent
References
Bibliography
Name Index
Subject Index

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