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Moral Foundations of Philosophy of Mind

  • Joel Backström
  • Hannes Nykänen
  • Niklas Toivakainen
  • Thomas Wallgren

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Joel Backström, Hannes Nykänen, Niklas Toivakainen, Thomas Wallgren
    Pages 1-27
  3. Questioning Philosophy of Mind

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-29
    2. Thomas Wallgren
      Pages 31-83
  4. Ethical Critiques of Reductive Naturalism

  5. The Second Person and the Hidden Moral Dynamics of Philosophy

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 391-395

About this book


This volume brings together a collection of essays that explore in a new way how unacknowledged moral concerns are integral to debates in the philosophy of mind.The radical suggestion of the book is that we can make sense of the internal dynamics and cultural significance of these debates only when we understand the moral forces that shape them.

Drawing inspiration from a variety of traditions including Wittgenstein, Lacan, phenomenology and analytic philosophy, the authors address a wide range of topics including the mind/body-problem, the problem of other minds, subjectivity and objectivity, the debates on mindreading, naturalism, reductive physicalism, representationalism and the ‘E-turn’; Dennett’s heterophenomenology, McDowell’s neo-Kantianism, Wittgenstein’s ‘private language’ considerations and his notion of an ‘attitude towards a soul’; repression, love, conscience, the difficulties of self-understanding, and the methods and aims of philosophy. 

Through a combination of detailed, immanent criticism and bold constructive work, the authors move the discussion to a new level, beyond humanistic or conservative critiques of naturalism and scientism.


Mind Morality Naturalism Reductionism Subjectivity Love Self-Understanding phenomenology

Editors and affiliations

  • Joel Backström
    • 1
  • Hannes Nykänen
    • 2
  • Niklas Toivakainen
    • 3
  • Thomas Wallgren
    • 4
  1. 1.University of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  2. 2.University of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  3. 3.University of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  4. 4.University of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland

About the editors

Joel Backström is a lecturer at the University of Helsinki, Finland and has published articles on moral philosophy, Wittgenstein and the philosophical significance of Freud.

Hannes Nykänen is a lecturer at the University of Helsinki, Finland and has published articles on conscience, repression, collectivity and the ethical centrality of the I-you perspective.

Niklas Toivakainen is a researcher at the University of Helsinki, Finland and has published articles on moral philosophy, Wittgenstein, and on the philosophy of technology.

Thomas Wallgren is Director of The Von Wright and Wittgenstein Archives and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Helsinki, Finland.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Moral Foundations of Philosophy of Mind
  • Editors Joel Backström
    Hannes Nykänen
    Niklas Toivakainen
    Thomas Wallgren
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-18491-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-18494-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-18492-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 395
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Mind
    Moral Philosophy
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