Thinking Matter: Consciousness from Aristotle to Putnam and Sartre

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Thinking Matter is an original and provocative look at the nature of consciousness. While many contemporary philosophers have downplayed the significance of the body and subscribed to a brain/body dualism in human consciousness, Joseph S. Catalano argues that it is the entire fleshy body that thinks; the body of the dancer, the hands of the writer, and the eyes of the reader are not merely instruments of thought, but forms of thought itself. Calling for a thorough rethinking of philosophic traditions from Aristotle to Sartre, Catalano offers a holistic view of the bodily nature of consciousness--one that focuses on the total organic body rather than the brain alone.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415926645
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/8/2000
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph S. Catalano is an internationally recognized Sartre scholar and Professor Emeritus at Kean University of at Kean University of New Jersey. He is the author of classic commentaries on Jean-Paul Sartre's Critique of Dialectical Reason and Being and Nothingness, and of Good Faith and Other Essays (1996).

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Perspective 1
1 Matter and Pure Enquiry 17
2 Moving Matter, Thinking Thoughts 39
3 Knowledge as Worldmaking 69
4 Matters and Modalities 95
5 Names and Things 115
6 The Transcendence of Mind 129
7 The Written World 145
Conclusion: The Anthropocentric Universe 165
App. I The Snub and the Population Question 175
App. II: On Names 189
Notes 197
Selected Bibliography 217
Index 222
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