Descartes's Concept of Mind by Lilli Alanen

By Lilli Alanen

Descartes's proposal of the brain, as specified from the physique with which it varieties a union, set the time table for far of Western philosophy's next mirrored image on human nature and proposal. this is often the 1st publication to provide an research of Descartes's pivotal idea that bargains with all of the capabilities of the brain, cognitive in addition to volitional, theoretical in addition to functional and ethical. targeting Descartes's view of the brain as in detail united to and intermingled with the physique, and exploring its implications for his philosophy of brain and ethical psychology, Lilli Alanen argues that the epistemological and methodological outcomes of this view were mostly misconstrued within the glossy debate.

Informed by way of either the French culture of Descartes scholarship and up to date Anglo-American examine, Alanen's publication combines historical-contextual research with a philosophical problem-oriented strategy. It seeks to narrate Descartes's perspectives on brain and intentionality either to modern debates and to the issues Descartes faced of their ancient context. through drawing out the old antecedents and the highbrow evolution of Descartes's pondering the brain, the booklet indicates how his emphasis at the embodiment of the brain has implications way more advanced and fascinating than the standard dualist account suggests.

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