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Consciousness and the Origins of Thought

Consciousness and the Origins of Thought

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Philosophy

  • Date Published: October 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521564090

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  • This book offers a comprehensive and broadly rationalist theory of the mind that continually tests itself against experimental results and clinical data. Taking issue with both Empiricists and Externalists, Norton Nelkin argues that perception is cognitive, constructive and proposition-like, and that meaning is determined "in the head". Finally, he offers an account of how we acquire some of our most basic concepts, including the concept of the self and that of other minds.

    • Strong interdisciplinary appeal, to empirical scientists as well as philosophers of mind
    • Unified treatment of a large number of traditional philosophical issues
    • Tests theory against clinical data and discusses empirical psychological research (e.g. on blindsight, concept acquisition, pain)
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...the book addresses many novel questions in imaginative and striking ways." Robert J. Stanton, Philosophy in Review

    "...this is a heroic work of scholarship, in the most literal sense. It is also a very enlightening one." Don Ross, Dialogue

    "...thoughtful, rich, and extremely ambitious ..." Janet Levin, The Philosophical Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 1996
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521564090
    • length: 360 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.61kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Phenomena:
    1. The senses
    2. Phenomena
    3. Pains
    4. Phenomena reconsidered
    Part II. Consciousness:
    5. Consciousness: preliminaries
    6. Consciousness: a theory
    7. Consciousness: an appendix
    Part III. Apperception:
    8. Apperception
    9. Selves
    10. Things
    11. Will
    Concluding remarks

  • Author

    Norton Nelkin

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