Persons and Their Minds compares the conflicting claims of mindism and personism and argues for placing persons at the center of philosophy of mind. Mindism stems from Descartes, takes the spectator stance, and makes the mind the subject of mental verbs such as ?know,? ?think,? and ?believe.? Personism stems from Wittgenstein and Ryle, takes the agent stance, and restores persons to their proper place as subjects of mental verbs.Employing lessons taught by Wittgenstein and Ryle, the book offers a running criticism of mindism as it appears in the work of Descartes, Locke, Davidson, Fodor, Hume, Parfit, Dennett, Searle, McGinn, Flanagan, Chalmers, and Baars, and demonstrates personism's ability to resist various forms of mindism. Intended for upper-level or graduate students of philosophy, Persons and Their Minds should also interest psychologists, psychotherapists, and other professionals who use philosophy of mind in their work.

part One|94 pages

Mindism and Personism

chapter 1|8 pages

Mindism and Personism

chapter 2|14 pages

Descartes’s Concept of Mind

chapter 3|12 pages

Un-Locke-ing the Mind

chapter 4|30 pages

A Wittgensteinian Philosophy of Mind

chapter 5|18 pages

Ryle, Mind, and Persons

chapter 6|10 pages

Wittgenstein and Ryle

part Two|87 pages

Personism and Mindism

chapter 7|8 pages

Mental Events?

chapter 8|12 pages


chapter 9|27 pages

Giving Persons a Hard Time

chapter 10|37 pages