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Philosophical Papers Human Agency and Language

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ISBN-10: 0521317509

ISBN-13: 9780521317504

Edition: 1985

Authors: Charles Taylor

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Charles Taylor has been one of the most original and influential figures in contemporary philosophy: his 'philosophical anthropology' spans an unusually wide range of theoretical interests and draws creatively on both Anglo-American and Continental traditions in philosophy. A selection of his published papers is presented here in two volumes, structured to indicate the direction and essential unity of the work. He starts from a polemical concern with behaviourism and other reductionist theories (particularly in psychology and the philosophy of language) which aim to model the study of man on the natural sciences. This leads to a general critique of naturalism, its historical development and…    
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List price: $34.99
Copyright year: 1985
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/28/1985
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Charles Taylor works creatively with material drawn from both analytical and Continental sources. He was born in Montreal, educated at McGill and Oxford universities, and has taught political science and philosophy at McGill since 1961. He describes himself as a social democrat, and he was a founder and editor of the New Left Review. Taylor's work is an example of renewed interest in the great traditional questions of philosophy. It is informed by a vast scope of literature, ranging from Plato to Jacques Derrida. More accessible to the average reader than most recent original work in philosophy, Taylor's oeuvre centers on questions on philosophical anthropology, that is, on how human nature…    

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Agency and the self
What is human agencyn++
Self-interpreting animals
Hegel's philosophy of mind
The concept of a person
Philosophy of Psychology and Mind
Peaceful coexistence in psychology
What is involved in a genetic psychologyn++
How is mechanism conceivablen++
Cognitive psychology
Philosophy of Language
Language and human nature
Theories of meaning
Index