The World, the Flesh and the Subject

The World, the Flesh and the Subject : Continental Themes in Philosophy of Mind and Body

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Here, for the first time, contemporary Continental thought comes into conversation with analytic philosophy on all the principal topics of philosophy of mind. Rejecting the dominant Anglo-American paradigm, which reduces mental phenomena to their roles in a scientific psychology, the authors present a non-mysterious, naturalistic alternative. Characterising mental life is, they seek to show, capturing the world from the point of view of the subject. But the subject is essentially embodied, so that mental phenomena are modes of our fleshly existence in the world. The book aims to bring together these three themes - the world,the flesh and the subject - to resolve many of the puzzles that beset contemporary philosophy of mind. It thereby provides a coherent new approach which draws upon phenomenology, hermeneutics, psycho-analysis and poststructuralism, and relates recent feminist work on the body to traditional concerns with the mind. The topics discussed include the problem of consciousness, perception and sensation, imagination, desire, emotion, reason and agency, and the self and others. Features * Brings continental thought to bear on contemporary philosophy of mind * Offers a new approach to problems of mind * Brings recent work on the body together with traditional concerns with the mind * Treats philosophy of mind in a topic oriented wayshow more

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  • Paperback | 164 pages
  • 156 x 230 x 16mm | 299.38g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Annotated
  • 0748614990
  • 9780748614998
  • 941,167

About Prof Paul Gilbert

Paul Gilbert is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Hull. His previous books include The World, the Flesh and the Subject (with Kathleen Lennon, 2005), New Terror, New Wars (2003), Peoples, Cultures and Nations in Political Philosophy (2000), The Philosophy of Nationalism (1998), Terrorism, Security and Nationality (1994), and Human Relationships (1991). Kathleen Lennon is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Hull University. She works in philosophy of mind, philosophy of body and gender theory. She recently co-authored Theorising Gender (Polity 2002).show more

Table of contents

CONTENTS; Preface; Introduction; Chapter One The Character of Experience; Chapter Two The Constraints of Experience; Chapter Three Imagination and the Imaginary; Chapter Four Desire; Chapter Five Emotions; Chapter Six Reason, Agency and Understanding; Chapter Seven Ourselves and more

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