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McGinn, Colin 1950-

Works: 65 works in 616 publications in 5 languages and 22,800 library holdings
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Most widely held works about Colin McGinn
Most widely held works by Colin McGinn
Shakespeare's philosophy : discovering the meaning behind the plays by Colin McGinn( Book )

15 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and Italian and held by 1,026 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A professor of philosophy offers insight into how six of Shakespeare's major works reflect the bard's personal beliefs and were influenced by the essays of Montaigne, and evaluates Shakespeare's thematic uses of psychology, ethics, and tragedy
The character of mind by Colin McGinn( Book )

47 editions published between 1982 and 2004 in English and held by 882 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This general introduction to the philosophy of mind covers all the main topics including the mind-body problem, the nature of acquaintance, the relation between thought and language, agency, the self and, in particular, the issue of consciousness
Ethics, evil, and fiction by Colin McGinn( Book )

38 editions published between 1997 and 2012 in English and German and held by 824 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ethics, Evil, and Fiction brings together moral philosophy and literary analysis in a way that offers original new insights for both. Its central aim is to enrich the domain of moral reflection, by showing the value of literary texts as sources of moral illumination. Colin McGinn starts by setting out an uncompromisingly realist ethical theory, arguing that morality is an area of objective truth and genuine knowledge. He goes on to address such subjects as the nature of goodness, evil character, and the meaning of monstrosity, in the context of an aesthetic theory of virtue, which maintains that goodness of character is the same thing as beauty of soul. Works discussed include Billy Budd, Lolita, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and Frankenstein; and McGinn draws upon examples from film and painting as well as literature
The mysterious flame : conscious minds in a material world by Colin McGinn( Book )

13 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 817 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Is consciousness nothing more than brain tissue, as Daniel Dennett argues in his best-selling Consciousness Explained? Or, as others claim, is it a fundamental reality like space, time, and matter? In recent years the nature of consciousness -- our immediately known experiences -- has taken its place as the most profound problem that science faces. Now in this brilliant and thoroughly accessible new book Colin McGinn takes a provocative position on this perplexing problem. Arguing that we can never truly "know" consciousness -- that the human intellect is simply not equipped to unravel this mystery -- he demonstrates that accepting this limitation in fact opens up a whole new field of investigation. Indeed, he asserts, consciousness is the best place from which to begin to understand the internal make-up of human intelligence, to investigate our cognitive strengths and weaknesses, and to explore the possibility of machine minds. In elegant prose, McGinn explores the implications of this Mysterian position -- such as the new value it gives to the power of dreams and of introspection -- and challenges the reader with intriguing questions about the very nature of our minds and brains. -- Publisher description
Mindsight : image, dream, meaning by Colin McGinn( Book )

26 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 736 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The guiding thread of this book is the distinction Colin McGinn draws between perception and imagination. Clearly, seeing an object is similar in certain respects to forming a mental image of it, but it is also different. McGinn shows what the differences are, arguing that imagination is a sui generis mental faculty. He goes on to discuss the nature of dreaming and madness, contending that these are primarily imaginative phenomena. In the second half of the book McGinn focuses on what he calls cognitive (as opposed to sensory) imagination, and investigates the role of imagination in logical reasoning, belief formation, the understanding of negation and possibility, and the comprehension of meaning. His overall claim is that imagination pervades our mental life, obeys its own distinctive principles, and merits much more attention."--Jacket
The power of movies : how screen and mind interact by Colin McGinn( Book )

19 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 731 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A philosopher addresses the question of why movies have become such a compelling form of entertainment, analyzing how film works on the human mind and how a connection to movies allows one to better understand human nature
Wittgenstein on meaning : an interpretation and evaluation by Colin McGinn( Book )

24 editions published between 1984 and 2010 in English and held by 626 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The problem of consciousness : essays towards a resolution by Colin McGinn( Book )

24 editions published between 1991 and 2004 in English and German and held by 609 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The subjective view : secondary qualities and indexical thoughts by Colin McGinn( Book )

31 editions published between 1983 and 2010 in English and held by 560 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mental content by Colin McGinn( Book )

18 editions published between 1989 and 1991 in English and held by 500 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Logical properties : identity, existence, predication, necessity, truth by Colin McGinn( Book )

32 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 467 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The concepts of identity, existence, predication, necessity, and truth are at the centre of philosophy and have rightly received sustained attention. Yet Colin McGinn believes that orthodox views of these topics are misguided in important ways. Philosophers and logicians have often distorted the nature of these concepts in an attempt to define them according to preconceived ideas. Logical Properties aims to respect the ordinary ways we talk and think when we employ these concepts, while at the same time showing that they are far more interesting and peculiar than some have supposed. There are real properties corresponding to these concepts - logical properties - that challenge naturalistic metaphysical views. These are not pseudo-properties or mere pieces of syntax." "Logical Properties is written with the minimum of formal apparatus and deals with logico-linguistic issues as well as ontological ones. The focus is on trying to get to the essence of what the concept concerned stands for, and not merely finding some established notation for providing formal paraphrases."--Jacket
Minds and bodies : philosophers and their ideas by Colin McGinn( Book )

18 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 444 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Minds and Bodies, Colin McGinn offers proof that contemporary philosophy, in the hands of a consummate reviewer, can be the occasion not only sharp critical assessment, but also writing so clear and engaging that readers with no special background in the subject but simply a taste forchallenging idea can feel welcome. Gathering nearly forty review-essays printed mainly in nonspecialist publications over the past twenty years, McGinn, a distinguished philosopher and teacher, measures the best of recent Anglo-American philosophical writing, considering books by Thomas Nagel, John Searle, and D
The meaning of disgust by Colin McGinn( Book )

19 editions published between 2011 and 2016 in English and Spanish and held by 422 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Disgust has a strong claim to be a distinctively human emotion. But what is it to be disgusting? What unifies the class of disgusting things? Colin McGinn sets out to analyze the content of disgust, arguing that life and death are implicit in its meaning. Disgust is a kind of philosophical emotion, reflecting the human attitude to the biological world. Yet it is an emotion we strive to repress. It may have initially arisen as a method of curbing voracious human desire, which itself results from our powerful imagination. Because we feel disgust towards ourselves as a species, we are placed in a fraught emotional predicament: we admire ourselves for our achievements, but we also experience revulsion at our necessary organic nature. We are subject to an affective split. Death involves the disgusting, in the shape of the rotting corpse, and our complex attitudes towards death feed into our feelings of disgust. We are beings with a "disgust consciousness", unlike animals and gods-and we cannot shake our self-ambivalence. Existentialism and psychoanalysis sought a general theory of human emotion; this book seeks to replace them with a theory in which our primary mode of feeling centers around disgust. The Meaning of Disgust is an original study of a fascinating but neglected subject, which attempts to tell the disturbing truth about the human condition. -- Book Description
Knowledge and reality : selected essays by Colin McGinn( Book )

32 editions published between 1999 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 407 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Knowledge and Reality brings together a selection of Colin McGinn's philosophical essays from the 1970s to the 1990s taking as its theme the relationship between the mind and the world
Philosophy of language : the classics explained by Colin McGinn( Book )

13 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 236 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Many beginning students in philosophy of language find themselves grappling with dense and difficult texts not easily understood by someone new to the field. This book offers an introduction to philosophy of language by explaining ten classic, often anthologized, texts. Accessible and thorough, written with a unique combination of informality and careful formulation, the book addresses sense and reference, proper names, definite descriptions, indexicals, the definition of truth, truth and meaning, and the nature of speaker meaning, as addressed by Frege, Kripke, Russell, Donnellan, Kaplan, Evans, Putnam, Tarski, Davidson, and Grice. The explanations aim to be as simple as possible without sacrificing accuracy; critical assessments are included with the exposition in order to stimulate further thought and discussion. Philosophy of Language will be an essential resource for undergraduates in a typical philosophy of language course or for graduate students with no background in the field. It can be used in conjunction with an anthology of classic texts, sparing the instructor much arduous exegesis
Prehension : the hand and the emergence of humanity by Colin McGinn( Book )

9 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book is a hymn to the hand. In Prehension, Colin McGinn links questions from science to philosophical concerns to consider something that we take for granted: the importance of the hand in everything we do. Drawing on evolutionary biology, anatomy, archaeology, linguistics, psychology, and philosophy, among other disciplines, McGinn examines the role of the hand in shaping human evolution. He finds that the development of our capacity to grasp, to grip, to take hold (also known as prehension) is crucial in the emergence of Homo sapiens. The human species possesses language, rational thought, culture, and a specific affective capacity; but there was a time when our ancestors had none of these. How did we become what we so distinctively are, given our early origins? McGinn, following Darwin and others, calls the hand the source of our biological success. When our remote ancestors descended from trees, they adopted a bipedal gait that left the hands free for other work; they began to make tools, which led to social cooperation and increased brain capacity. But McGinn goes further than others in arguing for the importance of the hand; he speculates that the hand played a major role in the development of language, and presents a theory of primitive reference as an outgrowth of prehension. McGinn sings the praises of the hand, and evolution, in a philosophical key. He mixes biology, anthropology, analytical philosophy, existential philosophy, sheer speculation, and utter amazement to celebrate humans' achievement of humanity"--MIT CogNet
Inborn knowledge : the mystery within by Colin McGinn( Book )

10 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this book, Colin McGinn presents a concise, clear, and compelling argument that the origins of knowledge are innate—that nativism, not empiricism, is correct in its theory of how concepts are acquired. McGinn considers the particular case of sensible qualities—ideas of color, shape, taste, and so on. He argues that these, which he once regarded as the strongest case for the empiricist position, are in fact not well explained by the empiricist account that they derive from interactions with external objects. Rather, he contends, ideas of sensible qualities offer the strongest case for the nativist position—that a large range of our knowledge is inborn, not acquired through the senses. Yet, McGinn cautions, how this can be is deeply problematic; we have no good theories about how innate knowledge is possible. Innate knowledge is a mystery, though a fact. McGinn describes the traditional debate between empiricism and nativism; offers an array of arguments against empiricism; constructs an argument in favor of nativism; and considers the philosophical consequences of adopting the nativist position, discussing perception, the mind–body problem, the unconscious, metaphysics, and epistemology"--Publisher's website
Mindfucking : a critique of mental manipulation by Colin McGinn( Book )

15 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"If someone manipulates your thoughts and emotions, messing with your head, you naturally feel resentment: he or she has distorted your perceptions, disturbed your feelings, maybe even usurped your self. Mindfucking is a prevalent aspect of contemporary culture and the agent can range from an individual to a whole state, from personal mind games to wholesale propaganda." "In Mindfucking Colin McGinn investigates and clarifies this phenomenon, taking in the ancient Greeks, Shakespeare and modern techniques of thought control. McGinn assembles the conceptual components of this most complex of concepts - trust, deception, emotion, manipulation, false belief, vulnerability - and explores its very nature. Is philosophy, as a discipline, a type of mindfuck, asks McGinn? Is romantic love a species of mindfuck? The essence is psychological upheaval or disorientation, often abetted by the weaknesses of the victim. Jealousy, insecurity and prejudice can aid the mindfuck. Delusion is the general result, sometimes insanity. How mindfucked are you? It's hard to say from the inside, but being aware of the phenomenon offers at least some protection."--BOOK JACKET
Sport by Colin McGinn( Book )

9 editions published between 2008 and 2016 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Written in the form of a memoir, McGinn discusses many of the sports he has engaged in - from pole-vaulting and gymnastics to windsurfing and tennis - and describes the athletic experience from the inside, as a participant, articulating what is uniquely valuable about sport as an activity. Sport, argues McGinn, takes us to our fullest potential as human beings, it's what we fling at mortality to keep it at bay, a holiday from the Unbearable Heaviness of Being. Sport expresses our nature, it bears upon our self-realization. If a happy life consists in one that expresses fully our natural faculties, then sports must play an essential role in our lives. Mind-body unity, the nature of practical knowledge and physical skill, success and failure, the ethics of competition, peak experiences, the spectacle of professional sport, aesthetics and death, McGinn discusses these and many other issues while telling of his own sporting mishaps and adventures." "To use the vernacular of philosophy, Sport captures the phenomenology of sport - what it's like to do if - and in doing so shows how sport is a way of expressing and understanding who and what we are, way beyond whether we are a good sportsman, a bad loser or a team-player. For anyone who has ever thought that there must be less humiliating ways to enjoy yourself than being thrashed on the tennis court, Sport will reassure you that it's time not wasted."--Résumé de l'éditeur
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The character of mindEthics, evil, and fictionThe mysterious flame : conscious minds in a material worldMindsight : image, dream, meaningThe power of movies : how screen and mind interactThe problem of consciousness : essays towards a resolutionThe subjective view : secondary qualities and indexical thoughtsLogical properties : identity, existence, predication, necessity, truth