K.U. Research Journal of Arts and Humanities (Jan.-Dec.2007):81-86 (2007)

Desh Raj Sirswal
Panjab University
The aim of this paper is to critically examine the Ryle’s conception of “Descartes Myth”. Ryle has two objectives in his book The Concept of Mind: (i) to refute a current philosophical theory about mind. (ii) to substitute at least in blue print, a satisfactory alternative. This paper gives a descriptive analysis of what Ryle calls Descartes-Myth and arguments for it. Conclusion of this paper drawn as he does not succeed in dispelling the myth but only substitutes a peculiar logical monism for Descartes’ Myth.
Keywords Gilbert Ryle  Philosophy of Mind  Dualism  Category Mistake  the ghost in the machine
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