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Descartes's Legacy
  • Bandtyp: Pocket
  • Språk: Engelska
  • Utgiven: 199704
  • Vikt i gram: 249
  • ISBN10:0802079571
  • ISBN13:9780802079572

Descartes's Legacy

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Descartes's Legacy is a critical tour of some of the most important issues in the philosophy of mind and some of the most outstanding figures in early modern philosophy. The Hausmans wed an intentional theory of ideas with a modern information theoretic approach in order to examine Berkeley and Hume in light of Descartes's theory of ideas.Debates Current in the Philosophy of Mind Regarding the gathering and processing of information, and the nature of perception and representation, also animated some of the most important figures in early modern philosophy, amongst them Descartes, Hume, and Berkeley. The authors of Descartes's Legacy: Minds and Meaning in Early Modern Philosophy use certain problems in contemporary information theory to elucidate the concerns of the early modern philosophers. Their critical study attempts to uncover what was once called the logic of the theory of ideas, and to explore the questions it was meant to solve given the limits of the ontological categories available.The Hausmans begin their discussion of Descartes by examining his response to established models of perception in light of his understanding of the contemporary new science. The authors' central claim is that Descartes's answer to the problem of how the mind knows matter involves a theory of 'intentional ideas.' Descartes's theory of ideas, as Arnauld intimated, makes them about things by their very nature. This provocative divergence from recent discussions of Descartes's philosophy of mind, which have revolved around whether he is a 'realist' or a 'representationalist, ' lead the authors to consider the idealism of Hume and Berkeley in light of Descartes's notion of the intentional.Descartes's Legacy concludes by suggesting that Descartes's picture can be reconciled with twentieth-century materialism, and asking whether the philosophy of mind can live without a primitive notion of the intentional.By shedding light on Descartes's crucial ontological innovation and on Hume's and Berkeley's reactions to it, the authors of Descartes's Legacy have repositioned early modern philosophy within a truly contemporary framework.

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