Published: 01/11/2013
ISBN: 9781783060757
eISBN: 9781783069514
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The Human Mind
and other creations of language
by John Jackson

The Human Mind undertakes two tasks. One is to demonstrate that centuries of debate over how to state correctly the nature of the human mind and its relation to the human body arise from muddled thinking. By attending with care to ordinary, everyday language, this bogus thinking is exposed. The traditional distinction between the human mind and the human body is revealed as misbegotten. For that reason it is to be junked, along with centuries of misguided competing theories.

The second task is to draw attention to an alternative distinction we already make in everyday language. It is the distinction between a person and that person’s body. A previously undetected set of arrangements in everyday language is teased into full view to expose the character of a person’s physical and mental capacities. This set of arrangements applies to talk of all human capacities, such as the capacities to think, make a promise, dislike, be annoyed, turn left or reach for a banana. There is one simple pattern or formula that personal capacities have in common. To understand this arrangement in everyday language is to have the key to authentic understanding of the human mind and its place in the universe.

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This author deals with linguistic issues very close to those dealt with via 'adverbial theory'. In particular I found the final chapter very useful for my purposes. The author writes about adverbial-theory-related matters whilst avoiding the, at times, off-puttingly-complex ways that adverbial theorists explain the non-existence of ‘mind’ and its putative contents. So, I found reading the book worth my while.

The author writes in a crisp and clear manner and I felt convinced by the thrust of what he argued in spite of an almost total lack of author-biography and credibility-claims/qualifications.

I would like to know something about the author and the background to his writing the book.

by Michael Woodward

My research touches on the philosophy of language. I am a designer probing the difference between inter-dependence and inter-discipline in the context of built environment design group practices. Whilst looking for work by John Searle (making of the social) I stumbled across this book. Similar to the previous reviewer, I found the work very accessible. And again would like to know more about the author and where the thinking stems from. It is very akin to Searle but almost easier to grasp.
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