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How history made the mind : the cultural origins of objective thinking, David Martel Johnson

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How history made the mind : the cultural origins of objective thinking
Title
How history made the mind
Title remainder
the cultural origins of objective thinking
Statement of responsibility
David Martel Johnson
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In How History Made the Mind, David Martel Johnson argues that what we now think of as "reason" or "objective thinking" is not a natural product of the existence of an enlarged brain or culmination of innate biological tendencies. Rather, it is a way of learning to use the brain that runs counter to the natural characteristics involved in being an animal, a mammal, and a primate. Johnson defends his theory of mind as a cultural artifact against objections, and uses it to question a number of currently fashionable positions in philosophy of mind, know theories of Julian Jaynes, which Johnson argues go too far in the direction of emphasizing the dissimilarities between ancient and modern ways of thinking
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Johnson, David Martel
Dewey number
128/.2
Index
index present
LC call number
BD161
LC item number
.J652 2003
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Knowledge, Theory of
  • Objectivity
  • Philosophical anthropology
  • Kennis
  • Objectiviteit
  • Filosofische antropologie
  • Connaissance, Théorie de la
  • Objectivité
  • Anthropologie philosophique
  • Objektivität
  • Wahrnehmung
  • Erkenntnistheorie
Label
How history made the mind : the cultural origins of objective thinking, David Martel Johnson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-219) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Introduction: Humans are cultural as well as physical animals -- Is there a "preferred explanatory direction" between mind and brain? -- The nature of mind, and why the Upper Paleolithic revolution occurred so late in time -- What this book is about
  • Two forms of naturalism: ancient and modern -- Early conceptions of mind---an affirmation of disembodiment? -- The path that led to modern eliminativism: from many, to one, to none -- Eliminativism revisited, then reversed -- Although the mind is natural and physical in terms of its ontology, from the viewpoint of society and culture, it is not part of nature -- The place of reason in history
  • Mind as a product of the Greek revolution -- Did the Hebrews prefigure what the pre-classical Greeks introduced later? -- The Greeks' intellectual version of antinaturalism, expressed in their new interpretation of "childishness" -- Mind, belief, and desire presuppose our conception of truth, and thus, strictly speaking, are limited to the Western tradition alone -- Frankfort, Jaynes, and the concept of infinity
  • Reintroducing the mind into nature -- Finishing the job: mind in the wide as well as narrow sense -- A platonic conception of the universe, and species' "adaptive tricks" -- (Wide) mind as a lately discovered ecological niche -- Reason as a still more recently discovered way of filling the mind-niche
  • A short, speculative history of reason -- Barbarian simplicity -- Lingua franca: reason's connection with commercialism and cosmopolitanism -- Reason's connection with indirect practicality -- The goal of science is to discover truth, and "chauvinism" sometimes is true -- How reason made the world a dangerous place
Control code
52720651
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xi, 227 pages
Isbn
9780812695366
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2003016161
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)52720651
Label
How history made the mind : the cultural origins of objective thinking, David Martel Johnson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-219) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Introduction: Humans are cultural as well as physical animals -- Is there a "preferred explanatory direction" between mind and brain? -- The nature of mind, and why the Upper Paleolithic revolution occurred so late in time -- What this book is about
  • Two forms of naturalism: ancient and modern -- Early conceptions of mind---an affirmation of disembodiment? -- The path that led to modern eliminativism: from many, to one, to none -- Eliminativism revisited, then reversed -- Although the mind is natural and physical in terms of its ontology, from the viewpoint of society and culture, it is not part of nature -- The place of reason in history
  • Mind as a product of the Greek revolution -- Did the Hebrews prefigure what the pre-classical Greeks introduced later? -- The Greeks' intellectual version of antinaturalism, expressed in their new interpretation of "childishness" -- Mind, belief, and desire presuppose our conception of truth, and thus, strictly speaking, are limited to the Western tradition alone -- Frankfort, Jaynes, and the concept of infinity
  • Reintroducing the mind into nature -- Finishing the job: mind in the wide as well as narrow sense -- A platonic conception of the universe, and species' "adaptive tricks" -- (Wide) mind as a lately discovered ecological niche -- Reason as a still more recently discovered way of filling the mind-niche
  • A short, speculative history of reason -- Barbarian simplicity -- Lingua franca: reason's connection with commercialism and cosmopolitanism -- Reason's connection with indirect practicality -- The goal of science is to discover truth, and "chauvinism" sometimes is true -- How reason made the world a dangerous place
Control code
52720651
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xi, 227 pages
Isbn
9780812695366
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2003016161
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)52720651

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