Persons and Their Minds compares the conflicting claims of mindism and personism and argues for placing persons at the center of philosophy of mind. Mindism stems from Descartes, takes the spectator stance, and makes the mind the subject of mental verbs such as ?know,? ?think,? and ?believe.? Personism stems from Wittgenstein and Ryle, takes the agent stance, and restores persons to their proper place as subjects of mental verbs.Employing lessons taught by Wittgenstein and Ryle, the book offers a running criticism of mindism as it appears in the work of Descartes, Locke, Davidson, Fodor, Hume, Parfit, Dennett, Searle, McGinn, Flanagan, Chalmers, and Baars, and demonstrates personism's ability to resist various forms of mindism. Intended for upper-level or graduate students of philosophy, Persons and Their Minds should also interest psychologists, psychotherapists, and other professionals who use philosophy of mind in their work.
Table of Contents
Preface -- Mindism and Personism -- Mindism and Personism -- Descartes’s Concept of Mind -- Un-Locke-ing the Mind -- A Wittgensteinian Philosophy of Mind -- Ryle, Mind, and Persons -- Wittgenstein and Ryle -- Personism and Mindism -- Mental Events? -- Functionalism -- Giving Persons a Hard Time -- Consciousness -- Envoi