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In the shadow of Descartes : essays in the philosophy of mind

Responsibility by Georg Henrik von Wright
Series Synthese library ; v. 272
Material Type Book
Publisher Dordrecht : Kluwer Academic Publishers
Year 1998
Language English
Size xii, 176 p. ; 25 cm
Abstract 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 o... 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 author's non-technical presentation of it, the book should appeal to all readers with a serious interest in philosophy and psychology. show more


Social and Cultural Studies 050211998007497 114.2/W 94/50980749 1998

Bibliographic details

Notes Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Authors *Wright, G. H. von (Georg Henrik), 1916-
Subjects LCSH:Philosophy of mind
LCSH:Mind and body
Classification LCC:BD418.3
ID 1000434796
ISBN 079234992X
NCID BA35715837
Vol ISBN:079234992X
Created Date 2009.09.11
Modified Date 2009.09.11

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