comments on Evan Thompson, Mind in Life

I have learned a lot from Evan Thompson’s book–his scholarship is formidable, and his taste for relatively overlooked thinkers is admirable–but I keep stumbling over the strain induced by his self-assigned task of demonstrating that his heroes–Varela and Maturana, Merleau-Ponty and (now) Husserl, Oyama and Moss and others–have shattered the comfortable assumptions of orthodoxy, and outlined radical new approaches to the puzzles of life and mind. The irony is that Thompson is such a clear and conscientious expositor that he makes it much easier for me to see that the ideas he expounds, while often truly excellent, are not really all that revolutionary, but, at best, valuable correctives to the sorts of oversimplifications that tend to get turned into mantras by sheer repetition, in the textbooks and popular accounts of these topics in the media.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
Edit this record
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Mark as duplicate
Request removal from index
Translate to english
Revision history
Download options
Our Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 30,727
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Shall We Tango? No, but Thanks for Asking.Daniel C. Dennett - 2011 - Journal of Consciousness Studies 18 (5-6):23 - 34.
Żywe sposoby nadawania sensu.Evan Thompson - 2012 - Avant: Trends in Interdisciplinary Studies 3 (T).
Problem umysł-ciało-ciało.Robert Hanna & Evan Thompson - 2012 - Avant: Trends in Interdisciplinary Studies 3 (T).
The Problem of Consciousness: New Essays in Phenomenological Philosophy of Mind.Evan Thompson (ed.) - 2004 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy Supplementary Volume.
Agrarian Ideals and Practices: Comments on Paul B. Thompson's The Agrarian Vision.Lee A. McBride - 2012 - Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 25 (4):535-541.
Added to PP index

Total downloads
110 ( #46,960 of 2,197,331 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
6 ( #35,052 of 2,197,331 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads
My notes
Sign in to use this feature