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The meaning of mind : language, morality, and neuroscience/, Thomas Szasz

Label
The meaning of mind : language, morality, and neuroscience/
Title
The meaning of mind
Title remainder
language, morality, and neuroscience/
Statement of responsibility
Thomas Szasz
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In The Meaning of Mind, Thomas Szasz argues that only as a verb does the word "mind" name something in the real world, namely, attending or heeding. Minding is the ability to pay attention and adapt to one's environment by using language to communicate with others and oneself. Viewing the "mind" as a potentially infinite variety of self-conversations is the key that unlocks many of the mysteries we associate with this concept. Modern neuroscience is a misdirected effort to explain "mind" in terms of brain functions. The claims and conclusions of the diverse academics and scientists who engage in this enterprise undermine the concepts of moral agency and personal responsibility. Szasz shows that the cognitive function of speech is to enable us to talk not only to others but to ourselves (in short, to be our own interlocutor) and that the view that mind is brain - embraced by both the scientific community and the popular press - is not an empirical finding but a rhetorical ruse concealing humanity's unceasing struggle to control persons by controlling their vocabulary. The discourse of brain-mind, unlike the discourse of man as moral agent, protects people from the dilemmas intrinsic to holding themselves responsible for their own actions and holding others responsible for theirs. Because we live in an age blessed by the fruits of materialist science, reductionist explanations of the relationship between brain and mind are more popular than ever, making this book an indispensable addition to the seemingly recondite debate about, simply, who we are
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1920-2012
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Szasz, Thomas
Index
index present
LC call number
BD418.3
LC item number
.S93 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 1997 C-274
  • WL 103.5
NLM item number
S996m 1996
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Philosophy of mind
  • Neuropsychology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Thinking
  • Philosophy
  • Mental Disorders
  • Philosophie de l'esprit
  • Neuropsychologie
  • Neuropsychology
  • Philosophy of mind
  • Zelf
  • Denken
  • Neurowetenschappen
  • Taal
  • Moraal
  • Neuropsychologie
  • Ethik
  • Linguistik
Label
The meaning of mind : language, morality, and neuroscience/, Thomas Szasz
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [165]-178) 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
1. Thought: Self-conversation -- 2. Responsibility: Self-blame and Self-praise -- 3. Memory: Fabricating the Past and the Future -- 4. Brain: The Abuse of Neuroscience -- 5. Mind: The History of an Idea -- 6. Modernity's Master Metaphors: Mental Illness and Mental Treatment -- Epilogue: The Person as Moral Agent
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 182 p.
Isbn
9780275956035
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
96002207
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)34149665
  • (OCoLC)ocm34149665
Label
The meaning of mind : language, morality, and neuroscience/, Thomas Szasz
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [165]-178) 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
1. Thought: Self-conversation -- 2. Responsibility: Self-blame and Self-praise -- 3. Memory: Fabricating the Past and the Future -- 4. Brain: The Abuse of Neuroscience -- 5. Mind: The History of an Idea -- 6. Modernity's Master Metaphors: Mental Illness and Mental Treatment -- Epilogue: The Person as Moral Agent
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 182 p.
Isbn
9780275956035
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
96002207
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)34149665
  • (OCoLC)ocm34149665

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