What am I?

What am I? : Descartes and the Mind-Body Problem

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The separation of mind and body, first expressed by Rene Descartes, is a classic philosophical paradox. How are mind and body distinct yet integrated within a human being? Distinguished philosopher Joseph Almog argues, in this short and accessible book, that Descartes managed to resolve this dilemma by treating the trio of mind, body, and being as separate yet fundamentally interdependent.show more

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  • Hardback | 158 pages
  • 149.9 x 220 x 17.8mm | 312.98g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195146468
  • 9780195146462

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"A major work in several areas of philosophy, including the history of philosophy, philosophy of mind, and metaphysics. The book is well-conceived, well-written, and elegantly argued. Indeed, I know of no book since Kripke's Naming and Necessity that presents these issues as clearly or that promises as important a realignment of our intuitions on some of these issues."--Stephen White, Tufts University"An important addition to scholarship on Descartes, Almog's account reaches back to and includes Arnauld, Caterus, and Gassendi as well as Saul Kripke; he treats all these commentators thoughtfully. It will be difficult, after reading this, for anyone to believe that Descartes espouses any simple or straightforward two-substance-in-one-man view. College and university libraries should not be without this books."--CHOICEshow more

About Joseph Almog

Joseph Almog is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Los Angeles, and editor of Themes from Kaplan (Oxford, 1989).show more

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