Friday, September 25, 2009

Puryear, Stephen. Review of Janice Thomas, THE MINDS OF THE MODERNS. NDPR (September 2009).

Thomas, Janice. The Minds of the Moderns: Rationalism, Empiricism, and Philosophy of Mind. Cheshire: Acumen, 2009. In this work Thomas surveys the contributions of (pre-Kantian) early modern philosophy to our understanding of the mind. She focuses on the six canonical figures of the period -- Descartes, Spinoza, Locke, Leibniz, Berkeley, and Hume -- and asks what each has to say about five topics within the philosophy of mind. The topics are (1) the ontological status of mind, (2) the scope and nature of self-knowledge, (3) the nature of consciousness, (4) the problem of mental causation, and (5) the nature of representation or intentionality. The overarching aim of the book is to show that the theories articulated by these thinkers are not just historical curiosities, but have much to contribute to our understanding of these topics today. . . . Read the rest here:

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