'The Concept of Mind' is one of the most influential books on philosophy to have been published since the war. In it Professor Gilbert Ryle attacks what he calls the 'official doctrine', that is, t...he Cartesian conception of a person being two things - a mind and a body. Mrs Susan Haack questions Ryle about some of the main themes of the book and Professor Vesey comments on the argument.
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Module code and title: A303, Problems of philosophy
Item code: A303; 04
First transmission date: 14-03-1973
Published: 1973
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Duration: 00:24:27
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Producer: Mary Hoskins
Contributors: Susan Haack; Gilbert Ryle; Godfrey Norman Agmondisham Vesey
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): Cartesian's dualism; Descartes
Footage description: Godfrey Vesey introduces the discussion between Haack and Ryle; he defines the 'official doctrine' of the concept of mind and describes its descent from Descartes. Haack, by questioning, Ryle, by replying, offer a critique of Cartesians' dualism (i.e. mind and non-mind) in their description of the problem of the concept of mind. Godfrey Vesey sums up the preceding sequence and introduces the next sequence. Haack questions Ryle on the definition of 'behaviour'. Ryle then goes on to attempt an explanation, or rather, the beginning of an explanation of intelligent behaviour. Godfrey Vesey sums up the points made and introduces the following sequence. Susan Haack speaks at some length on the problem of 'imaging' or 'visualizing' and the difficulty of actually defining such impromptu acts (when 'imaging' is improper and not a conscious effort) in behaviourist terms. Ryle goes on to discuss behaviourism further in an attempt to explain why 'seeing in the minds eye' would not be really seeing. His explanation would arise from his notion of 'negative inert behaviour'.
Master spool number: 6HT/70789
Production number: 00525_3017
Videofinder number: 779
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