Studies in the History of Philosophy of Mind

The Achilles of Rationalist Psychology

Editors: Lennon, Thomas M., Stainton, Robert J. (Eds.)

  • Presents the only in-depth analysis of the argument as found throughout history
  • Covers the main line in the history of the Achilles argument in the Western philosophical tradition
  • Discusses variations on the Achilles argument and its criticism in ancient, medieval and early modern philosophy
  • Makes a valuable and original contribution to the history of philosophy of mind
  • Relatively non-technical and therefore of use to students
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How is it that the mind perceives the words of a verse as a verse and not just as a string of words? One answer to this question is that to do so the mind itself must already be unified as a simple thing without parts (and perhaps must therefore be immortal). Kant called this argument the Achilles, perhaps because of its apparent invincibility, and perhaps also because it has a fatal weak spot, or perhaps because it is the champion argument of rationalism. The argument and the problem it addresses have a long history, from the ancient world right up to the present.

The Achilles of Rationalist Psychology consists of newly written papers addressing each of the main contributors to the discussion of the Achilles. Despite the historical importance and intrinsic interest of the argument, very little has been written about it. This volume should therefore be of use to advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and researchers across the domains of philosophy, history, and cognitive science.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Did Plato Articulate the Achilles Argument?

    Nielsen, Karen Margrethe

    Pages 19-41

  • Aristotle on the Unity of Consciousness

    Thorp, John

    Pages 43-57

  • The Neoplatonic Achilles

    Henry, Devin

    Pages 59-74

  • The Unity of the Soul and Contrary Appetites in Medieval Philosophy

    Lagerlund, Henrik

    Pages 75-91

  • Hume, Spinoza and the Achilles Inference

    Dea, Shannon

    Pages 93-113

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Achilles of Rationalist Psychology
Editors
  • Thomas M. Lennon
  • Robert J. Stainton
Series Title
Studies in the History of Philosophy of Mind
Series Volume
7
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-6893-5
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-6893-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-6892-8
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7754-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 290
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