In the Shadow of Descartes: Essays in the Philosophy of Mind Georg Henrik von Wright

ISBN: 9789048150113

Published: December 9th 2010

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180 pages


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In the Shadow of Descartes: Essays in the Philosophy of Mind  by  Georg Henrik von Wright

In the Shadow of Descartes: Essays in the Philosophy of Mind by Georg Henrik von Wright
December 9th 2010 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 180 pages | ISBN: 9789048150113 | 8.59 Mb

Descartes made a sharp distinction between matter and mind. But he also thought that the two interact with one another. Is such interaction possible, however, without either a materialist reduction of mind to matter or an idealist (phenomenalist)MoreDescartes made a sharp distinction between matter and mind.

But he also thought that the two interact with one another. Is such interaction possible, however, without either a materialist reduction of mind to matter or an idealist (phenomenalist) reduction of matter to mind? These questions overshadow the Western tradition in metaphysics from the time of Descartes to present times.

The book makes an effort to stay clear of reductivist views of the two Cartesian substances. It defends a dualistic psycho-physical parallel theory which reconciles freedom of action with determinism in nature. Basic problems in perception theory are also discussed, with special emphasis on hearing and sound. Because of the intrinsic interest of the subject and the authors non-technical presentation of it, the book should appeal to all readers with a serious interest in philosophy and psychology.



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