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Persons and Their Minds compares the conflicting claims of mindism and personism and argues for placing persons at the center of philosophy of mind. Mindism stems from Descartes, takes the spectator stance, and makes the mind the subject of mental verbs such as "know," "think," and "believe." Personism stems from Wittgenstein and Ryle, takes the agent stance, and restores persons to their proper place as subjects of mental verbs.Employing lessons taught by Wittgenstein and Ryle, the book offers a running criticism of mindism as it appears in the work of Descartes, Locke, Davidson, Fodor, Hume, Parfit, Dennett, Searle, McGinn, Flanagan, Chalmers, and Baars, and demonstrates personism's ability to resist various forms of mindism. Intended for upper-level or graduate students of philosophy, Persons and Their Minds should also interest psychologists, psychotherapists, and other professionals who use philosophy of mind in their work.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780813391281
ISBN-10: 0813391288
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 12mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: Westview Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 2-Jul-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Elmer W. Sprague

Elmer Sprague is professor emeritus at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, where he taught philosophy for 44 years. He has a B.A. from the University of Nebraska, and a B.A. and D.Phil. from Oxford. He was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford (1948--51), and was the Paul Robert and Jean Shuman Hanna Professor of Philosophy at Hamline University (1987). His previous publications include articles on Ryle and Hume, and the book, Metaphysical Thinking.