The Threefold Cord: Mind, Body and World by Hilary Putnam

The Threefold Cord: Mind, Body and World by Hilary Putnam

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Approaching the divisions between perception and reality and between mind and body, the author of this text elucidates both the strenghs and weaknesses of current schools of thought at the end of the 20th century. He goes on to offer solutions to some of philosophy's most vexing problems.

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What is the relationship between our perceptions and reality? What is the relationship between the mind and the body? These are questions with which philosophers have grappled for centuries, and they are topics of considerable contemporary debate as well. Hilary Putnam has approached the divisions between perception and reality and between mind and body throughout his career. Now, in "The Threefold Cord: Mind, Body, and World", he expounds upon these issues, elucidating both the strengths and weaknesses of current schools of thought. Putnam offers solutions to some of philosophy's most vexing problems. Putnam first examines the problem of realism: is objective truth possible? He acknowledges the deep impasse between empirical and idealist approaches to this question, critiquing them both, however, by highlighting the false assumption they share, that we cannot perceive the world directly. Drawing on the work of J.L. Austin and William James, Putnam develops an alternative, which he calls "natural realism". The second part of the book explores the mind-body question: is the mind independent of our interactions with the physical world? Again, Putnam critically assesses two sharply antithetical contemporary approaches and finds them both lacking. "The Threefold Cord" shows the entire mind-body debate to be miscast and draws on the later work of Wittgenstein, once more advancing views on perception and thought and their relationship with both the body and the external world. Finally, Putnam takes up two related problems - the role of causality in human behaviour and whether or not thoughts and sensations have an "existence" all of their own. "The Threefold Cord" tries to loosen the Gordian knots into which philosophy has bound itself over the issue of epistemology.

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SKU GOR005355536
Title The Threefold Cord: Mind, Body and World
Author By (author) Hilary Putnam
Condition VERYGOOD
Binding Type Hardback
Publisher Columbia University Press
Year Published 2000
Number of Pages 246
ISBN 10 0231102860
ISBN 13 9780231102865
Edition N/A
Prizes N/A
Cover Note: Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Note: This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.
Description

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What is the relationship between our perceptions and reality? What is the relationship between the mind and the body? These are questions with which philosophers have grappled for centuries, and they are topics of considerable contemporary debate as well. Hilary Putnam has approached the divisions between perception and reality and between mind and body throughout his career. Now, in "The Threefold Cord: Mind, Body, and World", he expounds upon these issues, elucidating both the strengths and weaknesses of current schools of thought. Putnam offers solutions to some of philosophy's most vexing problems. Putnam first examines the problem of realism: is objective truth possible? He acknowledges the deep impasse between empirical and idealist approaches to this question, critiquing them both, however, by highlighting the false assumption they share, that we cannot perceive the world directly. Drawing on the work of J.L. Austin and William James, Putnam develops an alternative, which he calls "natural realism". The second part of the book explores the mind-body question: is the mind independent of our interactions with the physical world? Again, Putnam critically assesses two sharply antithetical contemporary approaches and finds them both lacking. "The Threefold Cord" shows the entire mind-body debate to be miscast and draws on the later work of Wittgenstein, once more advancing views on perception and thought and their relationship with both the body and the external world. Finally, Putnam takes up two related problems - the role of causality in human behaviour and whether or not thoughts and sensations have an "existence" all of their own. "The Threefold Cord" tries to loosen the Gordian knots into which philosophy has bound itself over the issue of epistemology.
Additional Information

Additional Information

SKU GOR005355536
Title The Threefold Cord: Mind, Body and World
Author By (author) Hilary Putnam
Condition VERYGOOD
Binding Type Hardback
Publisher Columbia University Press
Year Published 2000
Number of Pages 246
ISBN 10 0231102860
ISBN 13 9780231102865
Edition N/A
Prizes N/A
Cover Note: Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Note: This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.