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- DescriptionIn his Meditations, Rene Descartes asks, what am I? His initial answer is a man. But he soon discards it: But what is a man? Shall I say 'a rational animal'? No: for then I should inquire what an animal is, what rationality is, and in this way one question would lead down the slope to harder ones. Instead of understanding what a man is, Descartes shifts to two new questions: What is Mind? and What is Body? These questions develop into Descartes's main philosophical preoccupation: the Mind-Body distinction. How can Mind and Body be independent entities, yet joined-essentially so-within a single human being? If Mind and Body are really distinct, are human beings merely a construction ? On the other hand, if we respect the integrity of humans, are Mind and Body merely aspects of a human being and t subjects in and of themselves? For centuries, philosophers have considered this classic philosophical puzzle. Now, in this compact, engaging, and long-awaited work, UCLA philosopher Joseph Almog closely decodes the French philosopher's argument for distinguishing between the human mind and body while maintaining simultaneously their essential integration in a human being. He argues that Descartes constructed a solution whereby the trio of Human Mind, Body, and Being are essentially interdependent yet remain each a genuine individual subject. Almog's reading t only steers away from the most popular interpretations of Descartes, but also represents a scholar coming to grips directly with Descartes himself. In doing so, Almog creates a work that Cartesian scholars will value, and that will also prove indispensable to philosophers of language, ontology, and the metaphysics of mind.
- Author BiographyJoseph Almog is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Los Angeles, and editor of Themes from Kaplan (Oxford, 1989).
- Author(s)Joseph Almog
- PublisherOxford University Press Inc
- Date of Publication01/11/2004
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintOxford University Press Inc
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight208 g
- Width141 mm
- Height210 mm
- Spine13 mm
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