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Rowlands, Mark

Works: 39 works in 361 publications in 13 languages and 16,626 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Anecdotes  Autobiographies  Biography  Science fiction films 
Roles: Author
Classifications: HV4708, 179.3
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The philosopher at the end of the universe : philosophy explained through science fiction films by Mark Rowlands( Book )

27 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 563 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book demonstrates how anyone can grasp the basic concepts of philosophy while still holding a bucket of popcorn. Rowlands anchors his discussions in easily understood everyday terms and relates them in a manner easy to identify with.--From publisher description
Body language : representation in action by Mark Rowlands( Book )

16 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and held by 521 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Body Language, Mark Rowlands argues that the problem of representation & mdash;how it is possible for one item to represent another & mdash;has been exacerbated by the assimilation of representation to the category of the word. That is, the problem is traditionally understood as one of relating inner to outer & mdash;relating an inner representing item to something extrinsic or exterior to it. Rowlands argues that at least some cases of representation need to be understood not in terms of the word but of the deed. Activity, he claims, is a useful template for thinking about representation; our representing the world consists, in part, in certain sorts of actions that we perform in that world. This is not to say simply that these forms of acting can facilitate representation but that they are themselves representational. These sorts of actions & mdash;which Rowlands calls deeds & mdash;do not merely express or re-present prior intentional states. They have an independent representational status. After introducing the notion of the deed as a "preintentional act," Rowlands argues that deeds can satisfy informational, teleological, combinatorial, misrepresentational, and decouplability constraints & mdash;and so qualify as representational. He puts these principles of representation into practice by examining the deeds involved in visual perception. Representing, Rowlands argues, is something we do in the world as much as in the head. Representing does not stop at the skin, at the border between the representing subject and the world; representing is representational all the way out."--Publisher's website
Animals like us by Mark Rowlands( Book )

5 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 498 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The body in mind : understanding cognitive processes by Mark Rowlands( Book )

21 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and held by 487 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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. Cognition is not something done exclusively in the head, but fundamentally something done in the world. 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."--Jacket
Animal rights : a philosophical defence by Mark Rowlands( Book )

15 editions published between 1998 and 2002 in English and held by 454 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book defends the novel position that certain ideas deriving from the social contract tradition in philosophy - the tradition which sees moral rights as deriving from implicit agreements between individuals - can be used to justify the claim that our obligations to them are far more substantial than we commonly think. Critiquing the rival accounts of writers such as Peter Singer and Tom Regan, this groundbreaking book shows how an influential form of the social contact idea can be used to make sense of and justify the concept of animal rights
The new science of the mind : from extended mind to embodied phenomenology by Mark Rowlands( Book )

17 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 430 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"There is a new way of thinking about the mind that does not locate mental processes exlusively "in the head." Some think that this expanded conception of the mind will be the basis of a new science of the mind. In this book, leading philosopher Mark Rowlands investigates the conceptual foundations of this new science of the mind." "Traditional attempts to study the mind are based on the idea that mental processes--perceiving, remembering, thinking, reasoning--exist in brains; they are often described as "software" realized by the "hardware" of the brain. The new way of thinking about the mind has emerged from the confluence of various disciplines in cognitive science ranging from perceptual and developmental psychology to robotics. It emphasizes the ways in which mental processes are embodied (made up partly of extraneural bodily structures and processes), embedded (designed to function in tandem with the environment), enacted (constituted in part by action), and extended (located in the environment)." "The new way of thinking about the mind, Rowlands writes, is actually an old way of thinking that has taken on new form. Rowlands describes a conception of mind that had its clearest expression in phenomenology--in the work of Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre, and Merleau-Ponty. He builds on these views, clarifies and renders consistent the ideas of embodied, embedded, enacted, and extended mind, and develops a unified philosophical treatment of the novel conception of the mind that underlies the new science of the mind."--Jacket
The environmental crisis : understanding the value of nature by Mark Rowlands( Book )

11 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 419 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pollution, deforestation, elimination of species, greenhouse gases, depletion of the ozone layer. These results of human activity are, as most people would agree, undesirable. But why? What is the value of the natural environment that would be lost if this environment were destroyed or seriously degraded? This is the central question of environmental ethics and the focus of this book. This book argues that to properly understand how and why nature can have value requires a radical revision of the way philosophy is understood and practiced
Can animals be moral? by Mark Rowlands( Book )

19 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and held by 403 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Can animals act for moral reasons? Philosophical tradition answers, almost univocally, "no." Recent work in cognitive ethology, however, points in the other direction. Philosophical tradition has apparently convincing arguments on its side. But cognitive ethology can point to a growing body of empirical evidence that suggests these arguments must be wrong. This groundbreaking book assimilates both philosophical and ethological frameworks into a unified whole. In part, ethologists have not understood the enormous logical obstacles facing the claim that animals can act morally. But, in part also, philosophers have been guilty of over-intellectualizing crucial concepts such as moral motivation and action. Building on the ethological evidence, this book engages in meticulous philosophical analysis and argument, and the resulting answer to the question is a qualified "yes." Animals can act morally in the sense they can act for moral reasons. Or, at least, they are no compelling logical obstacles to supposing that this is the case. This conclusion has important implications not just for our understanding of animals but also of the central concepts we employ in understanding the moral lives of humans, such as motivation, action, and agency." --Publisher's description
Animal rights : moral theory and practice by Mark Rowlands( Book )

18 editions published in 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 376 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this 2nd edition the author has substantially revised his book throughout, updating the moral arguments and adding a chapter on animal minds. Importantly, rather than being a polemic on animal rights, this book is also a considered and imaginative evaluation of moral theory as explored through the issue of animal rights. -- Publisher description
The nature of consciousness by Mark Rowlands( Book )

17 editions published between 2001 and 2007 in English and held by 338 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mark Rowlands develops an innovative and radical account of the nature of phenomenal consciousness, with significant consequences for attempts to find a place for it in the natural order. His book will interest a wide range of readers in the philosophy of mind and language, psychology, and cognitive science
Running with the pack : thoughts from the road on meaning and mortality by Mark Rowlands( Book )

3 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A philosophy professor and avid runner describes the most momentous and powerful runs of his life as a boy in Wales with a pet wolf and later through the swamps of Florida
Externalism : putting mind and world back together again by Mark Rowlands( Book )

27 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is commonly held that our thoughts, beliefs, desires and feelings - the mental phenomena that we instantiate - are constituted by states and processes that occur inside our head. The view known as externalism, however, denies that mental phenomena are internal in this sense. The mind is not purely in the head. Mental phenomena are hybrid entities that straddle both internal state and processes and things occurring in the outside world. The development of externalist conceptions of the mind is one of the most controversial, and arguably one of the most important, developments in the philosophy of mind in the second half of the twentieth century. Yet, despite its significance most recent work on externalism has been highly technical, clouding its basic ideas and principles. Moreover, very little work has been done to locate externalism within philosophical developments in both analytic and continental traditions. In this book, Mark Rowlands aims to remedy both these problems and present for the reader a clear and accessible introduction to the subject grounded in wider developments in the history of philosophy. Rowlands shows that externalism has significant and respectable historical roots that make it much more important than a specific eruption that occurred in late twentieth-century analytic philosophy
Animal rights by Mark Rowlands( Book )

8 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In recent years the ways in which humans treat animals has come to hold a central place in contemporary ethics, encapsulating, as it does, our increasingly strained relationship with our environment as well as overlapping with other global issues such as overpopulation and hunger. Animal Rights: All That Matters is a compelling account of some of the often bitterly contentious debates surrounding animal ethics. Starting from the key argument that - ethically speaking - there is far less difference between humans and animals than has conventionally been allowed, Mark Rowlands goes on to explore and illuminate a host of contemporary issues - from farming and animal experimentation to hunting and the preservation of endangered species . This accessible and readable book will appeal to both students and general readers, giving a fascinating introduction to animal rights - and what matters most about them -- P. 4 of cover
The philosopher and the wolf : lessons from the wild on love, death, and happiness by Mark Rowlands( Book )

35 editions published between 2008 and 2016 in 12 languages and held by 166 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This fascinating book charts the relationship between Mark Rowlands, a rootless philosopher, and Brenin, his extraordinarily well-travelled wolf. More than just an exotic pet, Brenin exerted an immense influence on Rowlands as both a person, and, strangely enough, as a philosopher, leading him to re-evaluate his attitude to love, happiness, nature and death. By turns funny (what do you do when your wolf eats your air-conditioning unit?) and poignant, this life-affirming book will make you reappraise what it means to be human
Running with the pack by Mark Rowlands( Book )

17 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mark Rowlands explores the intimate relationship between running and thinking, especially thoughts about the meaning of life, in this brilliant follow-up to The Philosopher and the Wolf
Memory and the self : phenomenology, science and autobiography by Mark Rowlands( Book )

11 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The idea that our memories, in some sense, make us who we are, is a common one--and not at all implausible. After all, what could make us who we are if not the things we have experienced, thought, felt and desired on these idiosyncratic pathways through space and time that we call lives? And how can we retain these experiences, thoughts, feelings and desires if not through memory? On the other hand, most of what we have experienced has been forgotten. And there is now a considerable body of evidence that suggests that, even when we think we remember, our memories are likely to be distorted, sometimes beyond recognition. Imagine writing your autobiography, only to find that that most of it has been redacted, and much of the rest substantially rewritten. What would hold this book together? What would make it the unified and coherent account of a life? The answer, Mark Rowlands argues, lies, partially hidden, in a largely unrecognized form of memory--Rilkean memory. A Rilkean memory is produced when the content of a memory is lost but the act of remembering endures, in a new, mutated, form: a mood, a feeling, or a behavioral disposition. Rilkean memories play a significant role in holding the self together in the face of the poverty and inaccuracy of the contents of memory. But Rilkean memories are important not just because of what they are, but also because of what they were before they became such memories. Acts of remembering sculpt the contents of memories out of the slabs of remembered episodes. Our acts of remembering ensure that we are in the content of each of our memories--present in the way a sculptor is present in his creation--even when this content is lamentably sparse and endemically inaccurate."--Book jacket
Supervenience and materialism by Mark Rowlands( Book )

10 editions published in 1995 in English and Italian and held by 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Everything I know I learned from TV : philosophy for the unrepentant couch potato by Mark Rowlands( Book )

5 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and Finnish and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sci-Phi : philosophy from Socrates to Schwarzenegger by Mark Rowlands( Book )

2 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in Spanish and English and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fame by Mark Rowlands( Book )

16 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the most distinctive cultural phenomena of recent years has been the rise and rise of fame. In this book, Mark Rowlands argues that our obsession with fame has transformed it. Fame was once associated with excellence or achievement in some or other field of endeavour. But today we are obsessed with something that is, in effect, quite different: fame unconnected with any discernible distinction, fame that allows a person to be famous simply for being famous. This book shows why this new fame is simultaneously fascinating and worthless. To understand this new form of fame, Rowlands mainta
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Body language : representation in action
Alternative Names
Lol Laen Jeu, Ma Keu 1962-

Mark Rowlands britischer Schriftsteller und Hochschullehrer

Mark Rowlands British philosopher

Mark Rowlands Brits filosoof

Mark Rowlands filòsof britànic

Mark Rowlands filósofo británico

Rollaenjŭ, Mak'ŭ 1962-

Rowlands, M. 1962-

Rowlands, Mark 1962-

롤랜즈, 마크 1962-

ローランズ, マーク

Body language : representation in actionAnimals like usThe body in mind : understanding cognitive processesAnimal rights : a philosophical defenceThe new science of the mind : from extended mind to embodied phenomenologyThe environmental crisis : understanding the value of natureAnimal rights : moral theory and practiceThe nature of consciousness