History of the Mind-Body Problem

History of the Mind-Body Problem

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History of the Mind-Body Problem is a collection of new essays by leading contributors on the various concerns that have given rise to and informed the mind-body problem in philosophy.
The essays in this stellar collection discuss famous philosophers such as Aristotle, Aquinas and Descartes and cover the subjects of the origins of the qualia and intentionality.
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  • Paperback | 264 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 15.24mm | 386g
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0415408318
  • 9780415408318
  • 2,679,423

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The mind-body is one of the most intensely debated problems in philosophy. Yet the historical context from which this problem has developed has often been ignored. History of the Mind-Body Problem is a collection of new essays by leading contributors on the various concerns that have given rise to and informed the mind-body problem in philosophy.Contemporary debates over the mind-body problem contain a number of different views on how the problem should be approached, what its sources are, and what its present condition and importance is. History of the Mind-Body Problem puts these views in a much needed historical context and asks anew what this can tell us about the relation of mind to body.The essays in this collection discuss the work of Aristotle, Aquinas, Descartes and others, and cover the subjects of the relation between mind and body, consciousness and the unconscious, qualia, perception and intentionality.
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Table of contents

1. Introduction, Tim Crane and Sarah Patterson 2. The Musical, the Magical and the Mathematical Soul, Rae Langton 3. The Soul's Relation to the Body: Thomas Aquinas, Siger of Brabant and the Parisian debate on Monopsychism, M.W.F.Stone 4. How Cartesian was Descartes?, Sarah Patterson 5. The Emergence of the Cartesian Mind, Susan James 6. Intentionality or Phenomenology? Descartes on the Objects of Thought, John Cottingham 7. 'A tumbling-ground for whimsies'? The History and Contemporary role of the Conscious/Unconscious Contrast, Neil Manson 8. The Origins of Qualia, Tim Crane 9. Beyond Dispute: Sense-Datea, Intentionality and the Mind-Body Problem, M.G.F.Martin.
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About Tim Crane

Tim Crane teaches Philosophy at University College London, UK. Sarah Patterson teaches Philosophy at Birkbeck College, London, UK.
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