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What am I? : Descartes and the mind-body problem

Author: Joseph Almog
Publisher: New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In his Meditations, Rene Descartes asks, "what am I?" His initial answer is "a man." But he soon discards it: "But what is a man? Shall I say 'a rational animal'? No: for then I should inquire what an animal is, what rationality is, and in this way one question would lead down the slope to harder ones." Instead of understanding what a man is, Descartes shifts to two new questions: "What is Mind?" and "What is  Read more...
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Named Person: René Descartes; René Descartes
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph Almog
ISBN: 0195146468 9780195146462 0195177193 9780195177190
OCLC Number: 60666836
Notes: Originally published: 2002.
Includes index.
Description: xviii, 139 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: 1. The real distinction --
The basis for the real distinction --
What is in a real distinction? --
Conceivability, possibility, whatness --
The argument from possibility --
Descartes vs. Arnauld --
The primacy of whatness --
Appendix : conceivability --
does epistemology precede metaphysics? --
2. Integrative dualism --
The prove too much/prove too little dilemma --
Separatist dualism : four basic annotations --
Integrative dualism : the quest for symmetry --
Subjects in time : two Cartesian frameworks --
3. The real man --
The real distinction reviewed --
The primal question and the primal answer.
Responsibility: Joseph Almog.

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How can Mind, Body and Being be independent entities, yet joined in a single human being? This book decodes Descartes' argument for distinguishing between the trio, while maintaining their  Read more...

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"An important addition to scholarship on Descartes, Almog's account reaches back to and includes Arnauld, Caterus, and Gassendi as well as Saul Kripke; he treats all these commentators thoughtfully. Read more...

 
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