Reflections on the Unity and Diversity of the Human Mind
By (author) Geoffrey Lloyd
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Cognitive Variations by Geoffrey Lloyd
Book DescriptionSir Geoffrey Lloyd presents a cross-disciplinary study of the problems posed by the unity and diversity of the human mind. On the one hand, as humans we all share broadly the same anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, and certain psychological capabilities - the capacity to learn a language, for instance. On the other, different individuals and groups have very different talents, tastes, and beliefs, for instance about how they see themselves, other humans and the world around them. These issues are highly charged, for any denial of psychic unity savours of racism, while many assertions of psychic diversity raise the spectres of arbitrary relativism, the incommensurability of beliefs systems and their mutual unintelligibility. Lloyd surveys a fascinating range of subjects, examining where different types of arguments, scientific, philosophical, anthropological and historical can take us. He discusses colour perception, spatial cognition, animal and plant taxonomy, the emotions, ideas of health and well-being, concepts of the self, agency and causation, varying perceptions of the distinction between nature and culture, and reasoning itself. To avoid the pitfalls of misleading dichotomies (especially between cross-cultural universalism and cultural relativism) he pays due attention to the multidimensionality of the phenomena to be apprehended and to the diversity of manners, or styles, of apprehending them. The weight to be given to different factors, physical, biological, psychological, cultural, ideological, varies as between different subject-areas and sometimes even within a single area. He uses recent work in social anthropology, linguistics, cognitive science, neurophysiology, and the history of ideas to redefine the problems and clarify how our evident psychic diversity can be reconciled with our shared humanity.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199214617
(223mm x 144mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 19-Apr-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Geoffrey Lloyd
Handbook of Liaison Psychiatry, Paperback (March 2011)
The Handbook of Liaison Psychiatry was first published in 2007 and is a comprehensive reference book for this fast-growing subspecialty.
Cognitive Variations, Paperback (April 2009)
G. E. R. Lloyd presents a cross-disciplinary exploration of the unity and diversity of the human mind. He examines cultural variations in ideas of colour, emotion, health, the self, agency and causation, reasoning, and other keystones of our thought.
Ancient Worlds, Modern Reflections, Hardback (February 2004)
Uses a study of ancient Greek and Chinese science and culture to throw light on fundamental problems, both intellectual and moral, that range from the debate about realism and relativism in philosophy of science to doubts concerning the universal applicability of the discourse of human rights.
Way and the Word, Paperback (January 2004)» View all books by Geoffrey Lloyd
In this work, two scholars compare and contrast the cosmology, science and medicine of China and Greece between 400 BC and AD 200. In the process they cast new light not only on these two rich civilizations but also on the evolving character of science.
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Author Biography - Geoffrey Lloyd
Sir Geoffry Lloyd is Emeritus Professor of Ancient Philosophy and Science at the University of Cambridge.
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