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Locke's Ideas of Mind and Body

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2020.01.03 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Han-Kyul Kim, Locke's Ideas of Mind and Body, Routledge, 2019, 166pp., $155.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781138241794. Reviewed by Laura S. Keating, Hunter College/CUNY In this book, Han-Kyul Kim aims to extract from Locke's various discussions concerning mind and body one positive naturalist account of the mind, one that would move us beyond the conflicting interpretations of Locke found in the literature and show the relevance of Locke's position to contemporary debates. Kim's overall claim is that Locke holds neither substance dualism, nor property dualism, nor materialism, nor a form of agnosticism, but rather gives a diagnosis of the mind-body problem against the background of emergentism. For Locke, "the mind-body problem is not a genuine problem that we are intellectually obliged to resolve, but one created by us, and oftentimes misidentified as a problem that we can and should solve" (p. 113). Kim argues that, while this... Read More

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