Mind, Brain, and the Unconscious

Michael Moore

in Placing Blame

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199599493
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191594649 | DOI:
Mind, Brain, and the Unconscious

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The chapter explores the general nature of mental states such as belief, desire, and intentions, and their relation to brain states It does this through an extended analysis of the Freudian theory of the unconscious. Rightly conceived, the Freudian unconscious is seen as functionally characterized, sub-personal states of the brain that underlie the mental states of whole persons. The folk psychology on which the criminal law’s culpability discriminations are built, is thus seen to be secure against the insights of a progressive, scientific psychology, be it Freudian, behaviourist, cognitive, neuroscientific, or other.

Keywords: unconscious; functionalism; clinical theory; metapsychology; ordinary language philosophy; homunculus; subpersonal states; preconscious

Chapter.  11443 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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