The Life of the Mind: An Essay on Phenomenological Externalism

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Psychology Press, 2003 - Philosophy - 152 pages
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The Life of the Mind presents an original and striking conception of the mind and its place in nature. In a spirited and rigorous attack on most of the orthodox positions in contemporary philosophy of mind, McCulloch connects three of the orthodoxy's central themes - externalism, phenomenology and the relation between science and common-sense psychology - in a defence of a throughly anti-Cartesian conception of mental life.

McCulloch argues that the life of the mind will never be understood until we properly understand the subject's essential embodiment and immersion in the world, until we give up the idea that intentionality and phenomenology must be understood separately. The product of over twenty years' thinking on these issues, McCulloch's book is a bold and significant contribution to philosophy.
 

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Contents

the Demonic Dilemma
1
The Phenomenologieal
9
Oudine
18
Content Externalism
41
Scientific Realism the Subjective the Objective
54
The Epistemological Real Distinction
73
PART II
89
Behaviourrejecting Mentalism Bipartism
109
Let the vatbrains speak for themselves
126
Bibliography
141
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About the author (2003)

Gregory McCulloch was Professor of Philosophy at Birmingham University. He is the author of The Game of the Name (1989), Using Sartre (Routledge, 1994) and The Mind and its World (Routledge 1995).

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