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The Body in Mind

The Body in Mind
Understanding Cognitive Processes

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Philosophy

  • Date Published: November 1999
  • availability: Available, despatch within 1-2 weeks
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521652742

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  • In this book, Mark Rowlands challenges the Cartesian view of the mind as a self-contained monadic entity, and offers in its place a radical externalist or environmentalist model of cognitive processes. Drawing on both evolutionary theory and a detailed examination of the processes involved in perception, memory, thought and language use, Rowlands argues that cognition is, in part, a process whereby creatures manipulate and exploit relevant objects in their environment. This innovative book provides a foundation for an unorthodox but increasingly popular view of the nature of cognition.

    • Systematic and wide-ranging
    • Proposes and defends an unorthodox but increasingly popular view
    • Of interest to philosophers, psychologists and cognitive scientists
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    "His writing is clear, and the position advanced is important for professional psychologists as well as philosophers of mind." Choice

    "The book certainly merits atttention. It brings together some very diverse material, bearing on externalism about the mind, and makes use of it in a distinctive way." Philosophical Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 1999
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521652742
    • length: 284 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • availability: Available, despatch within 1-2 weeks
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Introduction: 'a picture held us captive'
    Part I. Psychotechtonics:
    2. Introduction to part I: 'don't work hard, work smart'
    3. Environmentalism and what it is not
    4. Environmentalism and evolution
    5. Perception
    6. Memory
    7. Thought
    8. Language
    Part II. Psychosemantics:
    9. Introduction to part II: the need for and the place of a theory of representation
    10. Two theories of representation
    11. Environmentalism and teleological semantics
    References
    Index.

  • Author

    Mark Rowlands, University College Cork

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