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What is a Human Being?: A Heideggerian View (Modern European Philosophy) Paperback – July 28, 1995

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ISBN-13: 978-0521479370 ISBN-10: 0521479371

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"This book involves an admirable attempt to find a common ground with physicalist theories of human nature by phenomonological descriptions of knowing, feeling, and acting that dissolve mentalism. At the same time, it criticizes physicalist theories via a kind of transcendental argument since such theories overlook while presupposing the phenomenon of presence. Thus it draws well on the traditions of descriptive and transcendental phenomenology." Michael Barber, the Modern Schoolman

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Drawing on certain basic ideas of Heidegger, this text presents an alternative to the debate waged between dualists and materialists in the philosophy of mind. It involves changing the way we usually think about "mental" life and breaking down familiar contrasts between the "physical" and the "psychological."

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Product Details

  • Series: Modern European Philosophy
  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (July 28, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521479371
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521479370
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,862,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Louis Berger on May 19, 1999
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A valuable and complex critique of basic assumptions that tacitly underlie standard psychological frameworks--the inside/outside distinction, "mind" as "containing" representations, etc. The critique is also extended to orthodox views of language and to widely accepted physicalist views on the mind-body problem. Less successful is his constructive proposal for alternative approaches. The critique, however, is invaluable on its own and will repay careful repeated reading and study. It is not an easy read, certainly not the first or second time through, but well worth an extended effort. I have lived with this book for some years now and continue to profit from revisiting it.
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