By Lilli Alanen
Descartes's thought of the brain, as specified from the physique with which it varieties a union, set the time table for far of Western philosophy's next mirrored image on human nature and notion. this can be the 1st ebook to provide an research of Descartes's pivotal idea that bargains with all of the features of the brain, cognitive in addition to volitional, theoretical in addition to sensible and ethical. concentrating on Descartes's view of the brain as in detail united to and intermingled with the physique, and exploring its implications for his philosophy of brain and ethical psychology, Lilli Alanen argues that the epistemological and methodological outcomes of this view were principally misconstrued within the glossy debate.
Informed by means of either the French culture of Descartes scholarship and up to date Anglo-American learn, Alanen's ebook combines historical-contextual research with a philosophical problem-oriented strategy. It seeks to narrate Descartes's perspectives on brain and intentionality either to modern debates and to the issues Descartes faced of their ancient context. through drawing out the ancient antecedents and the highbrow evolution of Descartes's brooding about the brain, the e-book indicates how his emphasis at the embodiment of the brain has implications way more complicated and fascinating than the standard dualist account suggests.
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Descartes's Concept of Mind by Lilli Alanen