JBSP Online: Jan Slaby – ‘Expanding the Active Mind’

journal update

A new article by Slaby for the Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, online in advance of print edition.

Jan Slaby – ‘Expanding the Active Mind’: JBSP (Originally published online: 1 April 2021).

Abstract: What I call the active mind approach revolves around the claim that what is “on” a person’s mind is in an important sense brought on and held on to through the agent’s self-conscious rational activity. In the first part, I state the gist of this perspective in a deliberately strong way in order to create a touchstone for critical discussion. In the second part, I engage with two categories of our mental lives that seem to speak against construing the mind as active. First, I discuss affectivity, in particular emotion, and show that emotional episodes are active engagements. Second, I discuss habitual action, and in particular those manifestations of habit which are initially opaque to the agent. In my responses to both objections, the notion of a practical self-understanding will play a central role. The result will be a qualified defence and expansion of the active mind position.

Full article: https://doi.org/10.1080/00071773.2021.1905487

Jan Slaby, Institute of Philosophy, Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany

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