Philosophical Papers: Volume 1, Human Agency and Language

Forsideomslag
Cambridge University Press, 28. mar. 1985 - 294 sider
Charles Taylor has been one of the most original and influential figures in contemporary philosophy: his 'philosophical anthropology' spans an unusually wide range of theoretical interests and draws creatively on both Anglo-American and Continental traditions in philosophy. A selection of his published papers is presented here in two volumes, structured to indicate the direction and essential unity of the work. He starts from a polemical concern with behaviourism and other reductionist theories (particularly in psychology and the philosophy of language) which aim to model the study of man on the natural sciences. This leads to a general critique of naturalism, its historical development and its importance for modern culture and consciousness; and that in turn points, forward to a positive account of human agency and the self, the constitutive role of language and value, and the scope of practical reason. The volumes jointly present some two decades of work on these fundamental themes, and convey strongly the tenacity, verve and versatility of the author in grappling with them. They will interest a very wide range of philosophers and students of the human sciences.
 

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Indhold

Introduction
1
AGENCY AND THE SELF
13
What is human agency?
15
Selfinterpreting animals
45
Hegels philosophy of mind
77
The concept of a person
97
PHILOSOPHY OF PSYCHOLOGY AND MIND
115
Peaceful coexistence in psychology
117
What is involved in a genetic psychology?
139
How is mechanism conceivable?
164
Cognitive psychology
187
PHILOSOPHY OF LANGUAGE
213
Language and human nature
215
Theories of meaning
248
Index
293
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Om forfatteren (1985)

Charles Taylor works creatively with material drawn from both analytical and Continental sources. He was born in Montreal, educated at McGill and Oxford universities, and has taught political science and philosophy at McGill since 1961. He describes himself as a social democrat, and he was a founder and editor of the New Left Review. Taylor's work is an example of renewed interest in the great traditional questions of philosophy. It is informed by a vast scope of literature, ranging from Plato to Jacques Derrida. More accessible to the average reader than most recent original work in philosophy, Taylor's oeuvre centers on questions on philosophical anthropology, that is, on how human nature relates to ethics and society. Taylor develops his themes with an engaging, historically accurate insight.

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