Mind in Action
By (author) Bede Rundle
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Mind in Action by Bede Rundle
Book DescriptionBede Rundle challenges the quasi-mechanical view of human action that is dominant in contemporary philosophy of mind. A materialist view of the mind and a causal theory of action fit together conveniently: the notion of action as caused by thoughts and desires allows philosophers to accommodate explanations of action within a framework that is congenial to scientific understanding, and the conception of mind as physical enables them to make sense of causal transactions between the two domains. Mind in Action offers an alternative approach. Compelling reasons are given for demoting causation and for shifting the emphasis to the role played by behaviour in accounts of thought, belief, desire, intention, freedom, and other key concepts. Rundle's approach sheds fresh light not only on human behaviour but also on animal mentality, and has important implications for the feasibility of current programmes in cognitive science.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198236917
(224mm x 145mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 16-Oct-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Bede Rundle presents a philosophical investigation of the nature and reality of time and space, by means of analysis of the concepts involved. He discusses anti-realism, time travel, temporal parts, geometry, convention, and infinity, and more general issues concerning identity, objectivity, causation, facts, and verifiability.
Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing, Paperback (March 2006)» View all books by Bede Rundle
The question, 'Why is there something rather than nothing?', has a strong claim to be philosophy's central, and most perplexing, question; and it has a capacity to set the head spinning. This title addresses the stalemate between theistic and naturalistic explanations with a philosophical approach, and presents some conclusions.
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Author Biography - Bede Rundle
Bede Rundle is Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy at Trinity College, Oxford.
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