Damasio's Error and Descartes' Truth: An Inquiry Into Consciousness, Epistemology, and Metaphysics

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University of Scranton Press, 2007 - Philosophy - 146 pages
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The question of the relationship between mind and body as posed by Descartes, Spinoza, and others remains a fundamental debate for philosophers. In Damasio’s Error and Descartes’ Truth, Andrew Gluck constructs a pluralistic response to the work of neurologist Antonio Damasio. Gluck critiques the neutral monistic assertions found in Descartes’ Error and Looking for Spinoza from a philosophical perspective, advocating an adaptive theory—physical monism in the natural sciences, dualism in the social sciences, and neutral monism in aesthetics. Gluck’s work is a significant and refreshing take on a historical debate.

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Chapter One The Limits of Physical Monism
Chapter Three Consciousness and Creative Causality
Chapter Four Spiritual Matter and Neutral Monism

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Andrew Gluck is an associate professor of philosophy at St. John's University.

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