The Concept of Mind

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University of Chicago Press, 1949 - Philosophy - 334 pages
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This now-classic work challenges what Ryle calls philosophy's "official theory," the Cartesians "myth" of the separation of mind and matter. Ryle's linguistic analysis remaps the conceptual geography of mind, not so much solving traditional philosophical problems as dissolving them into the mere consequences of misguided language. His plain language and esstentially simple purpose place him in the traditioin of Locke, Berkeley, Mill, and Russell.
  

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User Review  - sologdin - Goodreads

lotsa fun. presents the well known "ghost in the machine" thesis, and develops the fallacy "category mistake." presents a persuasive deductive critique of the concept of "volition." eat that, objectivists! Read full review

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User Review  - Steven Williams - Goodreads

I didn't think it was that great, but I found his critique of descarte believable. Read full review

Contents

REINTRODUCING THE CONCEPT OF MIND
vii
INTRODUCTION
7
DESCARTES MYTH
11
2 The Absurdity of the Official Doctrine
15
3 The Origin of the Category Mistake
18
4 Historical Note
23
KNOWING HOW AND KNOWING THAT
25
3 Knowing How and Knowing That
27
5 Achievements
149
SELFKNOWLEDGE
154
2 Consciousness
156
3 Introspection
163
4 SelfKnowledge without Privileged Access
167
5 Disclosure by Unstudied Talk
181
6 The Self
186
7 The Systematic Elusiveness of I
195

4 The Motives of the Intellectualist Legend
32
5 In My head
35
6 The positive account of Knowing How
40
7 Intelligent Capacities versus Habits
42
8 The exercise of intelligence
45
9 Understanding and Misunderstanding
51
10 Solipsism
60
THE WILL
62
3 The Distinction between Voluntary and Involuntary
69
4 Freedom of the Will
75
5 The Bogy of Mechanism
76
EMOTION
83
3 Inclinations versus Agitations
93
4 Moods
98
5 Agitations and Feelings
104
6 Enjoying and Wanting
107
7 The criteria of motives
110
8 The Reasons and the Causes of Actions
113
9 Conclusion
114
DISPOSITIONS AND OCCURRENCES
116
2 The Logic of Dispositional Statements
117
3 Mental Capacities and Tendencies
125
4 Mental Occurrences
135
SENSATION AND OBSERVATION
199
2 Sensations
201
3 The Sense Datum Theory
210
4 Sensation and Observation
222
5 Phenomenalism
234
6 Afterthoughts
240
IMAGINATION
245
2 Picturing and Seeing
246
3 The Theory of Special Status Pictures
248
4 Imagining
256
5 Pretending
258
6 Pretending Fancying and Imaging
264
7 Memory
272
THE INTELLECT
280
3 The Construction Possession and Utilisation of Theories
286
4 The Application and Misapplication of Epistemological Terms
292
5 Saying and Teaching
309
6 The Primacy of the Intellect
314
7 Epistemology
317
PSYCHOLOGY
319
2 Behaviourism
327
INDEX
331
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Gilbert Ryle (1900-1976) was the Waynflete Professor of Metaphysical Philosophy at Oxford University from 1947-1971.

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