Philosophical Psychopathology: Philosophy without Thought Experiments (BOK)

Garry Young

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Garry Young presents examples of rare pathological conditions such as blindsight, anarchic hand, alien control and various delusional states to inform fundamental questions on topics relating to consciousness, intentional action, thought and rationality, as well as what is required to possess certain kinds of knowledge. Rather than trying to answer these questions by inventing far-fetched scenario or 'thought experiments', this book argues that there is a better but, at present, under-used resource available: namely, clinical case studies evidence. Thus, when inquiry as to whether consciousness must necessarily accompany our intentional action, instead of creating a philosophical zombie why not look to the actions of those suffering from blindsight or visual agnosia. Similarly, when considering whether it is possible to doubt that one thinks, why invent a malicious demon as Descartes did when one can draw on delusional evidence from those suffering from thought insertion who deny certain thoughts are theirs.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2013 Forfatter Garry Young
ISBN 9781137329318
Antall sider 216 Dimensjoner 14,4cm x 22,3cm x 1,8cm
Vekt 387 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Philosophy of mind, Cognition & cognitive psychology