A Materialist Theory of the Mind (International Library of by D.M. Armstrong

By D.M. Armstrong

This vintage paintings of contemporary philosophy was once first released in 1968, and is still the main compelling and complete assertion of the view that the brain is fabric or actual. In A Materialist thought of the brain, D. M. Armstrong supplied new perception into the controversy surrounding the connection of the brain and physique. He placed forth an in depth materialist account of the entire major psychological phenomena, together with belief, sensation, trust, the desire, introspection, psychological pictures, and attention. This causal research of psychological ideas, in addition to the same conception via David Lewis, has come to dominate all next debates within the philosophy of brain.

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PART I LOCATING RELIGION 1 RELIGION AND INCONGRUITY But when we thus complain that some illicit religiosity—which may be by nature dogmatic and hegemonic—seems to be inhabiting academic discourse with impunity, do we understand our condition adequately? 2 This theoretical and metatheoretical work is wide-ranging and, depending on one’s perspective, demonstrates either that the field is rich, pluralistic, and multi- if not interdisciplinary or that it continues to suffer from a lack of a strong sense of purpose and theoretical grounding.

15 Where Wasserstrom identifies a more or less conscious effort to recover a generalized form of religiosity in response to historical circumstances, Braun and Orsi, though in different ways, identify a kind of unacknowledged theological remnant that has decisively shaped the field up to the present day. For all three, this confusion needs to be eliminated, for it has prevented scholars from addressing religion in all its complexity and from taking a properly academic perspective on it. The field is thus saddled with a problematic conceptual apparatus, one that deters scholars of religion from studying, for example, the ideological dimensions of religion, as Braun argues, or the dangerous and violent dimensions of religion, as Orsi argues.

For Madeleine, Will, and Emma We were to be freed from superstition; instead the frozen hopes and fears which attached themselves to rumored dictates of revelation have now attached themselves to the rumored dictates of experience…. Our education is sadly neglected: we have not learned in the moral life, as the scientists have in theirs, how to seek and press to the limits of experience; so we draw our limits well short of anything reason requires. —STANLEY CAVELL, THE SENSES OF WALDEN CONTENTS Acknowledgments Introduction PART I LOCATING RELIGION 1 Religion and Incongruity 2 Placing Religion PART II ENCOUNTERING RELIGION 3 Encountering the Human 4 Encountering Theology PART III RELIGION, RESPONSIBILITY, AND CRITICISM 5 Religion and Responsibility 6 On Psychotheology 7 Criticism as Conduct of Gratitude Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index ACKNOWLEDGMENTS This book has been a long time in the making and it was only with the support of family and friends, colleagues and students, that I was able to see it to the end.

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