Routledge – 2000 – 352 pages
Series: Problems of Philosophy
How do we know whether there are other minds besides our own? The problem of other minds raises many questions which are at the root of all philosophical investigations - how it is we know, what is the mind and can we be certain about any of our beliefs?
In this compelling analysis of 'other minds' Anita Avramides traces the question from the Ancient Sceptics through to Descartes, Malebranche, Locke, Berkeley, Reid and Wittgenstein. The second part of the book explores the views of influential contemporary philosophers such as Strawson, Davidson, Nagel and Searle.
Other Minds provides a clear insightful introduction to one of the most important problems in philosophy. It will prove invaluable to all students of philosophy.
'A worthwhile contribution. Its style makes it accessible to students, and it also deserves the attention of experts.' - Philosophical Quarterly
'…a major contribution to the literature on other minds.' - Philosophical Books
I. Our Knowledge of Other Minds: 1. Overview 2. Ancient and Modern Scepticism and the Problem of Other Minds 3. Descartes and Our Knowledge of Other Minds 4. Malebranche and Our Knowledge of Other Minds 5. Locke and Our Knowledge of Separate Spirits 6. Berkeley and Our Knowledge of Other Finite Spirits II. The Problem of Other Minds: 7. Reid and Our Knowledge of Other Intelligent Beings. Brief Interlude: Mill. Brief Interlude: Carnap and Schlick 8. Wittgenstein and Being With Others III. The Problem Assessed: 9. The Conceptual Problem of Other Minds 10. Nagel and the Problem of Other Minds 11. Rejecting Behaviour
Anita Avramides is Lecturer and Fellow at St Hilda's College, University of Oxford.