The Subjects Point of View

Paperback | September 1, 2010

byKatalin Farkas

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Descartes's philosophy has had a considerable influence on the modern conception of the mind, but many think that this influence has been largely negative. The main project of The Subject's Point of View is to argue that discarding certain elements of the Cartesian conception would be muchmore difficult than critics seem to allow, since it is tied to our understanding of basic notions, including the criteria for what makes someone a person, or one of us. The crucial feature of the Cartesian view defended here is not dualism - which is not adopted - but internalism. Internalism isopposed to the widely accepted externalist thesis, which states that some mental features constitutively depend on certain features of our physical and social environment. In contrast, this book defends the minority internalist view, which holds that the mind is autonomous, and though it isobviously affected by the environment, this influence is merely contingent and does not delimit what is thinkable in principle. Defenders of the externalist view often present their theory as the most thoroughgoing criticism of the Cartesian conception of the mind; Katalin Farkas offers a defence ofan uncompromising internalist Cartesian conception.

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Descartes's philosophy has had a considerable influence on the modern conception of the mind, but many think that this influence has been largely negative. The main project of The Subject's Point of View is to argue that discarding certain elements of the Cartesian conception would be muchmore difficult than critics seem to allow, sinc...

Katalin Farkas is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy of the Central European University in Budapest. She earned a joint MA degree in mathematics and philosophy at the Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest, and received her doctorate in philosophy from the Hungarian Academy of Science. After teaching at the University o...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.68 inPublished:September 1, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199592012

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Table of Contents

1. Our Cartesian Mind2. Unconscious, conscious, bodily3. Persons and minds4. The Internal and the External5. Indiscriminability6. Externalism and privileged self-knowledge7. Reference and senseBibliographyIndex

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"Katalin Farkas' The Subject's Point of View is a wonderful book... This book has a great many virtues... a wonderful addition to the literature on intentionality, and in particular on the internalism/externalism debate." --Sandy Goldberg, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews