The Institutions of Meaning: A Defense of Anthropological Holism

2014.08.42 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Vincent Descombes, The Institutions of Meaning: A Defense of Anthropological Holism, Stephen Adam Schwartz (tr.), Harvard
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2014.08.42 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Vincent Descombes, The Institutions of Meaning: A Defense of Anthropological Holism, Stephen Adam Schwartz (tr.), Harvard University Press, 2014, xxix + 360 pages, $49.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780674728783. Reviewed by Jocelyn Benoist, University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne This is the English translation by Stephen Adam Schwartz of Vincent Descombes’ Les Institutions du Sens (Paris, Editions de Minuit, 1996). It is the sequel to The Mind’s Provisions: A Critique of Cognitivism, also translated into English by Schwartz (Princeton University Press, 2001; French original version: La Denrée Mentale, Paris, Editions de Minuit, 1995). The two books should be considered together as a whole, to which the author himself gave the title of The Disputes of Mind. This impressive work is indeed a major contribution to the philosophy of mind. Perhaps the cognitivist wave is not as powerful today as it was twenty years ago, which. . .

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