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Meaning of Mind Language, Morality, and Neuroscience

Meaning of Mind Language, Morality, and Neuroscience
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  • ISBN-13: 9780275956035
  • ISBN: 0275956032
  • Publisher: Greenwood Pub Group

AUTHOR

Szasz, Thomas, Stanley, L.

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, and that the view that mind is brain 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.Szasz, Thomas is the author of 'Meaning of Mind Language, Morality, and Neuroscience' with ISBN 9780275956035 and ISBN 0275956032.

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