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8. The limits of thought

8. The limits of thought  

Tim Bayne

in Thought: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2013
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Sep 2013
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9780191778148
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10.1093/actrade/9780199601721.003.0008
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What is the scope of human thought? Is there a limit on what we can grasp in thought? ‘The limits of thought’ focuses on whether there are thoughts that we cannot entrain and whether there ... More
6. Thought gone wrong

6. Thought gone wrong  

Tim Bayne

in Thought: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2013
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The organs of thought sometimes go wrong. What is a delusion? What kinds of thoughts are delusions? How can they be explained? ‘Thought gone wrong’ acknowledges that there are no solid ... More
1. What is hermeneutics?

1. What is hermeneutics?  

Jens Zimmermann

in Hermeneutics: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2015
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Oct 2015
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9780191781582
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10.1093/actrade/9780199685356.003.0001
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‘What is hermeneutics?’ begins with the simple answer that hermeneutics means interpretation. But how and why do we interpret? Hermeneutics is the art of understanding and of making oneself ... More
4. Brute thought

4. Brute thought  

Tim Bayne

in Thought: A Very Short Introduction

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Do animals think? What do they think about? Can they make predictions? It is clear that there are profound differences between the cognitive capacities of humans and those of non-human ... More
4. What am I?An unknown Buddhist on the self: King Milinda’s chariot

4. What am I?: An unknown Buddhist on the self: King Milinda’s chariot  

Edward Craig

in Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2002
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Sep 2013
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9780191776700
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10.1093/actrade/9780192854216.003.0004
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We don't know much about the origins of Indian philosophy. ‘What am I?’ considers the case of the Milindapañha, the Questions of King Milinda, about which we know very little. In this, a ... More
4. Alienation and reification

4. Alienation and reification  

Stephen Eric Bronner

in Critical Theory: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Oct 2017
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Oct 2017
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9780190692704
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10.1093/actrade/9780190692674.003.0005
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‘Alienation and reification’ explores the concepts of alienation and reification in Karl Marx's Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844, and how this affected 20th century Western ... More
7. What is a person?

7. What is a person?  

Stephen Mumford

in Metaphysics: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191778308
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10.1093/actrade/9780199657124.003.0008
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‘What is a person?’ asks why a person has special status. What makes a person a different particular from a table or other physical object? Is it intelligence, consciousness, or moral ... More
1. What is thought?

1. What is thought?  

Tim Bayne

in Thought: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2013
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We think all the time. A life devoid of thought would not be recognizably human. It is one thing to think and another to understand thinking. ‘What is thought?’ considers this question by ... More
7. The ethics of thought

7. The ethics of thought  

Tim Bayne

in Thought: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2013
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Under what circumstances are we responsible for our thoughts? How can that responsibility be exercised? ‘The ethics of thought’ examines what lies at the heart of the nature of thought and ... More
5. ‘They don’t think like we do’

5. ‘They don’t think like we do’  

Tim Bayne

in Thought: A Very Short Introduction

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Are the structures of thought fundamentally invariant across changes of cultural context, or is it true that ‘they’ do not think like ‘we’ do? Most psychologists consider human thought as ... More
3. Philosophy, mind, and science

3. Philosophy, mind, and science  

A. C. Grayling

in Russell: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2002
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Sep 2013
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9780191775659
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10.1093/actrade/9780192802583.003.0003
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‘Philosophy, mind, and science’ considers the questions of method and metaphysics that became important to Bertrand Russell during the course of his work on perception. The philosophy and ... More
3. Are wholes just sums of parts?

3. Are wholes just sums of parts?  

Stephen Mumford

in Metaphysics: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191778308
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10.1093/actrade/9780199657124.003.0004
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‘Are wholes just sums of parts?’ considers the relation between wholes and their parts. In metaphysics an object is said to be complex, meaning it has parts. But how does a mobile phone ... More
Thought: A Very Short Introduction

Thought: A Very Short Introduction  

Tim Bayne

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Jan 2013
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9780191778148
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10.1093/actrade/9780199601721.001.0001
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Thought: A Very Short Introduction looks at the nature of thought. Beginning with questions about what thought is and what distinguishes it from other kinds of mental states, ... More
7. The happy consciousness

7. The happy consciousness  

Stephen Eric Bronner

in Critical Theory: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Oct 2017
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Oct 2017
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9780190692704
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10.1093/actrade/9780190692674.003.0008
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‘The happy consciousness’ explores how happiness precludes progress, and how this can be overcome. For Hegel and the Frankfurt School, conformism and loss of individuality mark the happy ... More

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