• Meaning of Mind: Language, Morality, and Neuroscience
  • Meaning of Mind: Language, Morality, and Neuroscience
  • Meaning of Mind: Language, Morality, and Neuroscience
ISBN: 081560775X
EAN13: 9780815607755
Language: English
Release Date: Aug 1, 2002
Pages: 208
Dimensions: 0.63" H x 8.98" L x 6.06" W
Weight: 0.71 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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In this brilliantly original and highly accessible work, Thomas Szasz demonstrates the futility of analyzing the mind as a collection of brain functions. Instead of trying to unravel the riddle of a mythical entity called the mind, Szasz suggests that our task should be to understand and judge persons always as moral agents responsible for their own actions, not as victims of brain chemistry. This is Szasz's most ambitious work to date. In his best-selling book, The Myth of Mental Illness, he took psychiatry to task for misconstruing human conflict and coping as mental illness. In Our Right to Drugs, he exposed the irrationality and political opportunism that fuels the Drug War. In The Meaning of Mind, he warns that we misconstrue the dialogue within as a problem of consciousness and neuroscience, and do so at our own peril.

In The Meaning of Mind, Thomas Szasz argues that only as a verb does the word mind mean 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 Read More chevron_right

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