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by Raymond Tallis

eBook On the Edge of Certainty: Philosophical Explorations epub
  • ISBN: 0333800222
  • Author: Raymond Tallis
  • Genre: Other
  • Subcategory: Humanities
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 1999 edition (August 2, 1999)
  • Pages: 236 pages
  • ePUB size: 1162 kb
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Raymond Tallis's The Explicit Animal (1991) was a passionate attack on attempts to explain human consciousness in purely biological terms.

Raymond Tallis's The Explicit Animal (1991) was a passionate attack on attempts to explain human consciousness in purely biological terms. This ground-breaking book defended the distinctive nature of human consciousness against the misrepresentations of those many philosophers and cognitive. Raymond Tallis's The Explicit Animal (1991) was a passionate attack on attempts to explain human consciousness in purely biological terms. Peter Hughes rated it it was ok Jul 17, 2012. This ground-breaking book defended the distinctive nature of human consciousness against the misrepresentations of those many philosophers and cognitive scientists who aimed to reduce it to a set of functions understood in evolutionary, Raymond Tallis's The Explicit Animal (1991) was a passionate attack on attempts to explain human consciousness in purely biological terms.

Tallis attacked post-structuralism in books such as Not Saussure and Theorrhoea and After, and he contested . On the Edge of Certainty: Philosophical Explorations (1999). The Raymond Tallis Reader (2000). A Conversation with Martin Heidegger (2001)

He denies that our appreciation of art and music can be reduced to scientific terms. A Conversation with Martin Heidegger (2001). The Hand: A Philosophical Inquiry into Human Being (2003).

In earlier work, Raymond Tallis defends the distinctive nature of human consciousness against the misrepresentations of many philosophers and cognitive scientists. This ground-breaking book defended the distinctive nature of human consciousness against the misrepresentations of those many philosophers and cognitive scientists who aimed to reduce it to a set of functions understood in evolutionary, neurobiological and computational terms.

In earlier work, Raymond Tallis defends the distinctive nature of human consciousness against the misrepresentations of many philosophers and cognitive scientists who aimed to reduce it to a set of functions understood in evolutionary, neurobiological, and computational terms.

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On the Edge of Certainty: Philosophical Explorations. Raymond Tallis's critique concludes with a long look at man - 'the explicit animal' - that makes the irreducible mystery of human consciousness impossible to overlook or deny. Future attempts to eliminate or marginalise consciousness or to accommodate it to the physicalist world picture will have to answer the arguments of this book. Coauthors & Alternates. ISBN 9780333763230 (978-0-333-76323-0) Hardcover, Palgrave Macmillan, 1999. Find signed collectible books: 'On the Edge of Certainty: Philosophical Explorations'.

Raymond Tallis's The Explicit Animal (1991) was a passionate attack on attempts to explain human consciousness in purely biological terms. This ground-breaking book defended the distinctive nature of human consciousness against the misrepresentations of those many philosophers and cognitive scientists who aimed to reduce it to a set of functions understood in evolutionary, neurobiological and computational terms. In his laudatory review in The Times Literary Supplement, Stephen Clark expressed the hope that Tallis would continue his explorations. On the Edge of Certainty does precisely that, investigating and clarifying the implications of the highly original view of human nature discussed in his earlier book, in order to understand the nature of truth, of language, of the mind and of the self.
Comments: (2)
Fani
Tallis's works are brilliant and noteworthy, though still harboring some obscure problems (which I won't specify here). For an adequate appreciation of this book, however, one should have read the work Tallis considers as foundational: The Explicit Animal. It will become apparent that, as he notes in his Preface to "On the Edge...", his prime concern and target of criticism is material reductionism--biological materialism, functionalism, computational models, neutral monisms, and the like--which, as he himself puts it, "traduce" human consciousness. I believe that one reader's criticism that Tallis's work is obscure or difficult will not stand up if the reader has properly prepared herself/himself. To be sure, there is a certain kind of ineffability in Tallis's key notion of EXPLICITNESS, but, as he explains in considerable detail in his foundational book, that limitation in his conceptual framework is quite unavoidable by the very (ontological) nature of that framework. (I think his explicitness notions could be enriched, and made more meaningful, by the addition of other dimensions, a task to which I'm currently devoted.) Incidentally, I suspect that the readership will sharply bifurcate into those who will see Tallis's arguments as obviously compelling and eminently reasonable, and those who will see them as nonsensical and unscientifically mystical.
So--read "The Explicit Animal" first, and then enjoy "On the Edge".
Qwert
It is unfortunate that Tallis' views seem to be rather obscure compared to the large piles of tripe put out by people such as Dennett, Dawkins, Foucault and the Churchlands. In the series of essays contained in this book Tallis mehodically dismantles many aspects of both modernism and its antithesis, post-modernism.
Both have needed to have their fundamental frameworks laid bare but few have been able to cut through all the self-grandizing hyperbole to really go for the jugular. Tallis' essays demonstrate his wide range of knowledge and very perceptive views.
The first essay, "Explicitness and Truth (and Falsehood)" is worth the price of the book alone since it brings to the fore how the nature of truth itself has been obscured and twisted to suit modernism and post-modernism. Not only does Tallis' argument lay bare the problems but this is one of the few philosophical works that is quite readable. That is, Tallis' tone and style make this book quite enjoyable to read.
The "A Critical Dictionay of Neuromythology" neatly debunks the interesting variations on definitions readily invented by authors such as the Churchlands and Dennett. I suspect they will bluster and perhaps produce some responses but the true nature of their arguments, incoherence, shines forth after reading this work.
I enjoyed Tallis' references to Wittgenstein and the critique of de Saussure in addition to the other essays. Throughout the book Tallis displays a quiet brilliance that will hopefully be recognized by others in the philosophy of mind.
Enjoy.
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