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Philosophy

Pirmin Stekeler-Weithofer

Denken

Wege und Abwege in der Philosophie des Geistes

[Thinking. Insights and Illusions in the Philosophy of Mind.]

2012. XII, 237 pages.

Philosophische Untersuchungen 28

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Why does, when someone is thinking, not just a certain process occur in the brain? Why is it odd to follow Georg Christoph Lichtenberg and say »it is thinking« just as we say »it is thundering«? Pirmin Stekeler-Weithofer shows that norms of correctness or truth are presupposed in thinking and presuppose, in turn, forms of cooperative practices. Reflective thinking is making these forms and norms explicit.
Why does, when someone is thinking, not just a certain process occur in the brain? Why is it odd to follow Georg Christoph Lichtenberg and say »it is thinking« just as we say »it is thundering«? What does it mean when Martin Heidegger says that science does not think? Descartes and Hegel maintained that consciousness and self-consciousness are conceptually necessary conditions of thinking – a competence of humans, not of animals. Moreover, the conceptual stucture of human languages rests on common and joint recollection (Hölderlin's Mnemosyne), not only on individual memory. Pirmin Stekeler-Weithofer shows that intentional actions, including intentional thinking, are already mediated by well established forms of human cooperation and practice. Reflective thinking means in this context making the norms of such practices explicit. Theories of cognition and philosophy of mind must show the differences, not just the similarities, of human knowledge and animal cognition in order to fulfil the aims of a much needed differential anthropology.
Authors/Editors

Pirmin Stekeler-Weithofer Geboren 1952; 1984 Promotion; 1987 Habilitation; seit 1992 Lehrstuhl für Theoretische Philosophie an der Universität Leipzig; Lehr- und Forschungsaufenthalte in Campinas, Pittsburgh, Swansea, New York und Paris.
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5401-5369

Reviews

The following reviews are known:

In: MDR Figaro — 15.11.2012, 11.10 Uhr
In: Theologische Literaturzeitung — 138 (2013), S. 1398–1399 (Michael Murrmann-Kahl)
In: Dialogo Filosofico — 29 (2013), S. 389