La Metafísica de la mente de A. Kenny: 25 años después

Miguel García-Valdecasas

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12775/SetF.2014.017

Abstract


A. Kenny’s Metaphysics of Mind: 25 years later

To mark the 25th anniversary of A. Kenny’s The Metaphysics of Mind, this article discusses some of the central arguments of this book, in particular, it discusses Descartes’ dualism, the notion of soul or Aristotle’s psychê, human and animal language, voluntary action, the self, the mind-brain relation, thinking and intentionality, and determinism and free will. The author holds that, although Kenny’s book offers valid and substantial arguments inspired in Wittgenstein’s thought and the Aristotelian tradition, he occasionally fails to appreciate the depth of basic concepts in the Aristotelian tradition such as that of psychê and the immateriality of the human intellect. Despite this, the book constitutes one of the best efforts to break  off with Descartes’ and the empiricists’ ideas, and to incorporate the Aristotelian tradition to the contemporary philosophy of mind.


Keywords


Philosophy of mind; substance dualism; Wittgenstein; Aristotle

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