By Lilli Alanen
Descartes's thought of the brain, as targeted 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 is often the 1st e-book to offer an research of Descartes's pivotal idea that offers with the entire services of the brain, cognitive in addition to volitional, theoretical in addition to functional and ethical. targeting 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 effects of this view were principally misconstrued within the glossy debate.
Informed via either the French culture of Descartes scholarship and up to date Anglo-American examine, Alanen's booklet combines historical-contextual research with a philosophical problem-oriented method. It seeks to narrate Descartes's perspectives on brain and intentionality either to modern debates and to the issues Descartes faced of their historic context. by means of drawing out the ancient antecedents and the highbrow evolution of Descartes's pondering 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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