- This pseudo-Paper is intended as the mechanism to record time spent on the Note 'Cartesian Ego1' during my Thesis research, as from 2011.
- For the actual time recorded, click on "Paper Summary" above.
Write-up2 (as at 03/02/2018 23:47:02): Cartesian Ego
- That we are Cartesian Egos has been a popular suggestion in answer to the question of what we are4. It is presumably what those who support the Psychological View5 have in mind.
- There is some overlap with Lynne Rudder Baker’s focus on a First-Person perspective6. Just what is it that’s supposed to look out on the world if not a Cartesian Ego? But Baker is not a dualist7 (at least not in the Cartesian8 sense) – she thinks of us as belonging to the PERSON9 substantial10 kind11, presently constituted by12 a human body13. The person does not have separate existence to the human body, in the way in which the Cartesian Ego does – which is (allegedly) separable from the body (and capable of living in disembodied14 form). I think for Baker we are essentially embodied – just not by15 the same body.
- I say more about dualism in the Note16 thereon.
- With respect to the Cartesian Ego, we need to consider just how psychologically unified human persons17 are, and whether or not the mind is formally modular. In particular, is there massive modularity, or is there an executive? And is it the executive that is the Cartesian Ego?
- In this connection, I must consider psychological accounts of modularity18 of mind from the identity perspective, rather than straying too far into philosophy of mind and psychology. This will feature mainly in discussion of objections to Animalism19.
- There will be overlap between this Note and that on I20.
- Works on this topic that I’ve actually read21, include22 the following:-
- "Bourgeois (Warren) - Modern Philosophers' Views on Persons: The Renaissance and the Early Moderns", Bourgeois
- "Cargile (James) - Review of Hintikka - Cogito, Ergo Sum: Inference or Performance?", Cargile
- "Chalmers (David) - How Cartesian Dualism Might Have Been True", Chalmers
- "Dennett (Daniel) - The Cartesian Theatre and 'Filling In' the Stream of Consciousness", Dennett
- "Fodor (Jerry) - The Modularity of Mind: An Essay on Faculty Psychology", Fodor
- A reading list (where not covered elsewhere) might start with:-
- "Baker (Lynne Rudder) - Beyond the Cartesian Self", Baker
- "Brink (David) - Rational Egoism and the Separateness of Persons", Brink
- "Carruthers (Peter) - Fragmentary consciousness and the Cartesian theatre", Carruthers
- "Flew (Anthony) - The Cartesian Assumption", Flew
- "Flew (Anthony) - The Cartesian Turn", Flew
- "Foster (John) - A Brief Defense of the Cartesian View", Foster
- "Glover (Jonathan) - I: Philosophy and Psychology of Personal Identity", Glover
- "Harrison (Jonathan) - The Embodiment of Mind or What Use Is Having a Body?", Harrison
- "Hawthorne (John) - Cartesian Dualism", Hawthorne
- "Hintikka (Jaakko) - Cogito, Ergo Sum as an Inference and a Performance", Hintikka
- "Hintikka (Jaakko) - The Cartesian Cogito, Epistemic Logic and Neuroscience: Some Surprising Interrelations", Hintikka
- "Hintikka (Jaakko) - Cogito, Ergo Sum: Inference or Performance?", Hintikka
- "Kerr (Fergus) - The Modern Philosophy of Self in Recent Theology", Kerr
- "Lowe (E.J.) - Real Selves: Persons as a Substantial Kind", Lowe
- "Swinburne (Richard) - From Mental/Physical Identity to Substance Dualism", Swinburne
- "Valberg (J.J.) - Imagination and the Cartesian Self", Valberg
- "Van Fraassen (Bas) - Transcendence of the Ego (The Non-Existent Knight)", Van Fraassen
- "Wong (Hong Yu) - Cartesian Psychophysics", Wong
- This is mostly a place-holder23. Currently, just see the categorised reading-list.
- This is the write-up as it was when this Abstract was last output, with text as at the timestamp indicated (03/02/2018 23:47:02).
- Link to Latest Write-Up Note.
Footnote 8: Footnote 15:
- A number of my philosophical Notes are “promissory notes” currently only listing the books and papers (if any) I possess on the topic concerned.
- I’ve decided to add some text – whether by way of motivation, or something more substantive – for all these identified topics related to my Thesis.
- As I want to do this fairly quickly, the text may be confused or show surprising ignorance.
- The reader (if such exists) will have to bear with me, and display the principle of charity while this footnote exists.
Footnote 18: Footnote 21:
- Or, rather than “embodied by”, “embodied “as”?
- Frequently I’ll have made copious marginal annotations, and sometimes have written up a review-note.
- In the former case, I intend to transfer the annotations into electronic form as soon as I can find the time.
- In the latter case, I will have remarked on the fact against the citation, and will integrate the comments into this Note in due course.
- My intention is to incorporate into these Notes comments on material I’ve already read rather than engage with unread material at this stage.
- I may have read others in between updates of this Note – in which case they will be marked as such in the “References and Reading List” below.
- Papers or Books partially read have a rough %age based on the time spent versus the time expected.
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