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McGinn, Colin 1950-

Works: 63 works in 479 publications in 4 languages and 16,920 library holdings
Genres: Book reviews  History  Anecdotes  Interviews  Biography 
Roles: Author, Interviewee
Classifications: BD418.3, 128.2
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Most widely held works about Colin McGinn
Most widely held works by Colin McGinn
Minds and bodies philosophers and their ideas by Colin McGinn( )
15 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 1,766 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A collection of nearly 40 review essays written over the past 20 years for non-specialized publications. The essays cover biography, particularly of Russell and Wittgenstein; the philosophy of mind, especially consciousness; and ethics, with an emphasis on applied ethics
Mindsight image, dream, meaning by Colin McGinn( )
17 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 1,599 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The guiding thread of this book is the distinction Colin McGinn draws between perception and imagination. Clearly, seeing an object is similar in certain respects to forming a mental image of it, but it is also different. McGinn shows what the differences are, arguing that imagination is a sui generis mental faculty. He goes on to discuss the nature of dreaming and madness, contending that these are primarily imaginative phenomena. In the second half of the book McGinn focuses on what he calls cognitive (as opposed to sensory) imagination, and investigates the role of imagination in logical reasoning, belief formation, the understanding of negation and possibility, and the comprehension of meaning. His overall claim is that imagination pervades our mental life, obeys its own distinctive principles, and merits much more attention."--Jacket
Ethics, evil, and fiction by Colin McGinn( Book )
34 editions published between 1997 and 2012 in English and German and held by 1,084 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ethics, Evil, and Fiction brings together moral philosophy and literary analysis in a way that offers original new insights for both. Its central aim is to enrich the domain of moral reflection, by showing the value of literary texts as sources of moral illumination. Colin McGinn starts by setting out an uncompromisingly realist ethical theory, arguing that morality is an area of objective truth and genuine knowledge. He goes on to address such subjects as the nature of goodness, evil character, and the meaning of monstrosity, in the context of an aesthetic theory of virtue, which maintains that goodness of character is the same thing as beauty of soul. Works discussed include Billy Budd, Lolita, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and Frankenstein; and McGinn draws upon examples from film and painting as well as literature
Shakespeare's philosophy : discovering the meaning behind the plays by Colin McGinn( Book )
13 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and Italian and held by 1,042 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A professor of philosophy offers insight into how six of Shakespeare's major works reflect the bard's personal beliefs and were influenced by the essays of Montaigne, and evaluates Shakespeare's thematic uses of psychology, ethics, and tragedy
Knowledge and reality selected essays by Colin McGinn( )
28 editions published between 1999 and 2004 in English and held by 1,030 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Knowledge and Reality brings together a selection of Colin McGinn's philosophical essays from the 1970s to the 1990s, taking as its theme the relationship between the mind and the world
The character of mind by Colin McGinn( Book )
39 editions published between 1982 and 2004 in English and held by 850 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This general introduction to the philosophy of mind covers all the main topics including the mind-body problem, the nature of acquaintance, the relation between thought and language, agency, the self and, in particular, the issue of consciousness
The mysterious flame : conscious minds in a material world by Colin McGinn( Book )
11 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 820 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Is consciousness nothing more than brain tissue, as Daniel Dennett argues in his best-selling Consciousness Explained? Or, as others claim, is it a fundamental reality like space, time, and matter? In recent years the nature of consciousness -- our immediately known experiences -- has taken its place as the most profound problem that science faces. Now in this brilliant and thoroughly accessible new book Colin McGinn takes a provocative position on this perplexing problem. Arguing that we can never truly "know" consciousness -- that the human intellect is simply not equipped to unravel this mystery -- he demonstrates that accepting this limitation in fact opens up a whole new field of investigation. Indeed, he asserts, consciousness is the best place from which to begin to understand the internal make-up of human intelligence, to investigate our cognitive strengths and weaknesses, and to explore the possibility of machine minds. In elegant prose, McGinn explores the implications of this Mysterian position -- such as the new value it gives to the power of dreams and of introspection -- and challenges the reader with intriguing questions about the very nature of our minds and brains. -- Publisher description
The power of movies : how screen and mind interact by Colin McGinn( Book )
14 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 787 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A philosopher addresses the question of why movies have become such a compelling form of entertainment, analyzing how film works on the human mind and how a connection to movies allows one to better understand human nature
The making of a philosopher : my journey through twentieth-century philosophy by Colin McGinn( Book )
14 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 759 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Part memoir, part study, The Making of a Philosopher is the self-portrait of a deeply intelligent mind as it develops over a life lived on both sides of the Atlantic." "The Making of a Philosopher follows Colin McGinn from his early years in England, reading Descartes and Anselm, to his years in the States, first in Los Angeles, then New York. McGinn presents a contemporary academic take on the great philosophical figures of the twentieth century, including Bertrand Russell, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Noam Chomsky, alongside stories of the teachers who informed his ideas and often became friends and mentors, especially the colorful A.J. Ayer at Oxford."--Jacket
Logical properties : identity, existence, predication, necessity, truth by Colin McGinn( Book )
27 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 739 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The concepts of identity, existence, predication, necessity, and truth are at the centre of philosophy and have rightly received sustained attention. Yet Colin McGinn believes that orthodox views of these topics are misguided in important ways. Philosophers and logicians have often distorted the nature of these concepts in an attempt to define them according to preconceived ideas. Logical Properties aims to respect the ordinary ways we talk and think when we employ these concepts, while at the same time showing that they are far more interesting and peculiar than some have supposed. There are real properties corresponding to these concepts - logical properties - that challenge naturalistic metaphysical views. These are not pseudo-properties or mere pieces of syntax." "Logical Properties is written with the minimum of formal apparatus and deals with logico-linguistic issues as well as ontological ones. The focus is on trying to get to the essence of what the concept concerned stands for, and not merely finding some established notation for providing formal paraphrases."--Jacket
Wittgenstein on meaning : an interpretation and evaluation by Colin McGinn( Book )
25 editions published between 1984 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 607 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The subjective view : secondary qualities and indexical thoughts by Colin McGinn( Book )
24 editions published between 1983 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 593 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The problem of consciousness : essays towards a resolution by Colin McGinn( Book )
22 editions published between 1991 and 2004 in English and German and held by 592 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The meaning of disgust by Colin McGinn( Book )
14 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 479 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
'The Meaning of Disgust' is an original study of a fascinating but neglected subject, which attempts to tell the disturbing truth about the human condition
Mental content by Colin McGinn( Book )
12 editions published between 1989 and 1991 in English and held by 474 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Consciousness and its objects by Colin McGinn( Book )
25 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 443 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Colin McGinn presents his work on consciousness in ten interlinked essays, four of them previously unpublished. He extends and deepens his controversial solution to the mind-body problem, defending the view that consciousness is both ontologically unproblematic and epistemologically impenetrable
Mindfucking by Colin McGinn( )
10 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 424 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"If someone manipulates your thoughts and emotions, messing with your head, you naturally feel resentment: he or she has distorted your perceptions, disturbed your feelings, maybe even usurped your self. Mindfucking is a prevalent aspect of contemporary culture and the agent can range from an individual to a whole state, from personal mind games to wholesale propaganda." "In Mindfucking Colin McGinn investigates and clarifies this phenomenon, taking in the ancient Greeks, Shakespeare and modern techniques of thought control. McGinn assembles the conceptual components of this most complex of concepts - trust, deception, emotion, manipulation, false belief, vulnerability - and explores its very nature. Is philosophy, as a discipline, a type of mindfuck, asks McGinn? Is romantic love a species of mindfuck? The essence is psychological upheaval or disorientation, often abetted by the weaknesses of the victim. Jealousy, insecurity and prejudice can aid the mindfuck. Delusion is the general result, sometimes insanity. How mindfucked are you? It's hard to say from the inside, but being aware of the phenomenon offers at least some protection."--BOOK JACKET
Bill Moyers on faith & reason ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in English and held by 372 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Bill Moyers explores the mysterious region between rationality and belief, joined by some of the world's most provocative writers and thinkers
Problems in philosophy : the limits of inquiry by Colin McGinn( Book )
16 editions published between 1993 and 1998 in English and held by 342 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Basic structures of reality : essays in meta-physics by Colin McGinn( Book )
16 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In 'Basic Structures of Reality', Colin McGinn deals with questions of metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of mind from the vantage point of physics
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