Gilbert Ryle

Gilbert Ryle was a British philosopher, primarily known for his critique of Cartesian dualism and his book 'The Concept of Mind'. He was a prominent figure in the ordinary language philosophy movement.


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  1. 1. The Concept Of Mind

    This philosophical work challenges the Cartesian dualism of mind and body, proposing instead that the mind is not a separate entity but a way of acting. The author introduces the notion of "the ghost in the machine" to critique the traditional understanding of the mental as distinct from the physical. Through a detailed analysis, the text argues that mental vocabulary should be understood in terms of dispositions to behave in certain ways, rather than referring to an inner, private realm. This influential book reshapes the way we think about the mind, emphasizing that mental processes are not located in an inner space but are observable in the patterns of behavior and the competencies individuals exhibit.

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