The Formation of Reason

The Formation of Reason

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In The Formation of Reason, philosophy professor David Bakhurst utilizes ideas from philosopher John McDowell to develop and defend a socio-historical account of the human mind.*Provides the first detailed examination of the relevance of John McDowell's work to the Philosophy of Education*Draws on a wide-range of philosophical sources, including the work of 'analytic' philosophers Donald Davidson, Ian Hacking, Peter Strawson, David Wiggins, and Ludwig Wittgenstein*Considers non-traditional ideas from Russian philosophy and psychology, represented by Ilyenkov and Vygotsky*Discusses foundational philosophical ideas in a way that reveals their relevance to educational theory and practice
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  • Electronic book text | 200 pages
  • Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • United Kingdom
  • 1444395327
  • 9781444395327

Table of contents

Acknowledgements Foreword Author's Preface 1. What Can Philosophy Tell Us About How History Made the Mind? What Role for Philosophy? Wittgenstein and Davidson Wittgenstein and Davidson Contrasted McDowell The Idea of Bildung Understanding the Bildungsprozess The Conceptual and the Practical Conclusion 2. Social Constructionism Social Constructionism Introduced The Social Construction of Reality Why Bother About Global Constructionism? Against Global Constructionism Matters Political The Social Construction of Mental States Why Mental States Are Not Socially Constructed The Social Construction of Psychological Categories Conclusion 3. Self and Other Problems of Self and Other The Problem of Self and Other in One's Own Person Strawson on Persons Wiggins on Persons and Human Nature The Significance of Second Nature Further Positives Conclusion: Two Cautionary Notes 4. Freedom, Reflection and the Sources of Normativity McDowell on Judgement Owens's Critique Defending Intellectual Freedom Freedom and the Sources of Normativity Sources of Normativity I: Practical Reasoning Sources of Normativity II: Theoretical Reasoning A McDowellian Response Conclusion 5. Exploring the Space of Reasons McDowell on the Space of Reasons Brandom'sInferentialism Ilyenkov on the Ideal Conclusion 6. Reason and Its Limits: Music, Mood and Education An Initial Response The Challenge Reconfigured Passivity Within Spontaneity Mood Mood, Salience and Shape Music Education Conclusion 7. Education Makes Us What We Are A Residual Individualism Vygotsky's Legacy Reconciling Vygotsky and McDowell Personalism Final Thoughts on Education References Index
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About David Bakhurst

David Bakhurst is the John and Ella G. Charlton Professor of Philosophy at Queen's University, Kingston, Canada. He is the author of Consciousness and Revolution in Soviet Philosophy (1991) and co-editor (with Christine Sypnowich) of The Social Self (1995) and (with Stuart Shanker) of Jerome Bruner: Language, Culture, Self (2001).
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