Descartes' Myth

Anthony Kenny

in The Metaphysics of Mind

Published in print September 1992 | ISBN: 9780192830708
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670527 | DOI:
Descartes' Myth

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This chapter regards the inheritance of Descartes as being the single most substantial obstacle to a correct philosophical understanding of the nature of the human mind. The heredity of Descartes prevents cognitive scientists and experts in artificial intelligence from really understanding the problem they are intending to solve, the mental structure they are intending to emulate. It is for this reason that it is, worthwhile, to attempt to destroy the Cartesian myth.

Keywords: Cartesian myth; Descartes; human mind; consciousness; functionalism; philosophy of mind; behaviourism

Chapter.  5869 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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