Archive for April, 2010

I’m currently researching Kant’s moral duty for a final essay and it is torture. Not because I’m not interest, but I have 2 days to do it! I hate to make excuses but my final thesis was due, so philosophy assignments were the one thing I could put on the long finger. 2 days is adequate time to do this essay hopefully!

Anywho, Kant proposes that ‘Good and proper’ actions are those which are performed to help others. As for the moral duty, it has a number of flaws but I’m thoroughly enjoying reading and researching this topic. Last undergrad essay ever. Frightening.

I’ll blog in more detail at a later date with excerpts from my essay. I’m afraid that I may be done for plagiarism if this blog comes up, I don’t think they’ll care if I say I wrote the blog. Is it just me or have plagiarism checks become much more aggressive??

Anywho, I’ll blog later, I’m just having a somewhat unproductive Wednesday afternoon…

And I guess I I’m still making excuses to put this essay on the long finger…

UPDATE: 2 days was adequate time. A2. Not too bad!

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Where is the mind

I’ve gone back and forth as what to call this blog thing and I kept coming back to ‘Where is the mind’. It might sound like a stupid question, but in fact it is one which causes much debate between philosophers of the mind and psychologists, and one which I have become fascinated. You see, the mind does not mean ‘the brain’ so it is redundant to point to the head and state that my mind is in there. It may not be, and there is a large amount of evidence accumulating against notions of the mind being ‘in the head’.

Social constructionism and cross-cultural psychologists had this notion of the mind being outside the brain for quite a while now. For a social constructionist, knowledge is historically and culturally created. This suggests that society and human beings are historical and cultural entities which naturally change over time. All knowledge is created as noting can be known without agreement (where the cultural and historical aspect comes in). A chair is a chair because we agree it is a chair. If I were to call a chair a Gobliktar or some other nonsense word, and even if I got a group of people to call it so, it would probably die out and be forgotten quite quickly. These language games we engage in had a pivitol influence. When I was first exposed to social constructionsim I couldn’t help myself from constantly referring to Wittgenstein. He was right! Language is indeed very important.

So this influence on language is important. Now lets consider the cross-cultural psychologists. They have had pretty interesting insights into theory of the mind for quite a while now. Very often, cross-cultural psychologists are accused of being too inter-disciplinary. As a result, interesting studies are usually published in inter-disciplinary journals. I don’t see the problem here, except not a lot of people read them. As a result, quite a lot of fascinating stuff has been overlooked. What a shame. Things are changing though – I think!

Okay so I havn’t really dealt with what the mind is yet. And I’m not going to. Instead I’m going to dedicate every post to the issue. The problem of ‘Where is the mind’ is a huge exploration into a variety of different disciplines and I’m only just getting started! Philosophy, psychology, anthropology, sociology and literature are essential components shedding interesting lights into the problem of the mind, and indeed a whole lot of other fascinating, very similar questions I wish to discuss and dedicate my life to understanding (attempting to anyway).

This has been my first post (a bit short and all over the place) but (hopefully) there will be many more to follow (and written better)!

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