The Analysis of Mind


The Analysis of Mind is one of Russells most important writings. It is here he establishes a new conception of the mind in an attempt to reconcile the opposing ideas of psychology and physics. By exploring the materialist tendencies of psychology in relation to the increasingly anti-materialist movements in physics led by Einstein and others, Russell provides one of the most original and interesting externalist accounts of knowledge. Drawing on the work of psychologists such as William James and John Watson, Russell offers a comprehensive treatment of topics including belief, desire, habit, memory, meaning and causal law.The Analysis of Mind has provided the foundation for much of the dominant theories of mind to later emerge, as well as providing a framework for Russells own later philosophical writings. It continues to be one of the most important works in the philosophy of mind.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • London
Publication year:
  • 1995


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