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Vincent Descombes

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search This article includes a list of references, related reading or external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks inline citations. Please improve this article by introducing more precise citations. (November 2010) Vincent Descombes (born 1943)[1] is a French philosopher. His major work has been in the philosophy of language and philosophy of mind. He is particularly noted for a lengthy critique in two volumes of the project he calls cognitivism, and which is, roughly, the view current in philosophy of mind that mental and psychological facts can ultimately be treated as, or reduced to, physical facts about the brain. Descombes has also written an introduction to modern French philosophy (Le même et l'autre) focused on the transition, after 1960, from a focus on the three H's, Hegel, Husserl and Heidegger to the "three masters of suspicion", Marx, Nietzsche and Freud. Vincent Descombes teaches at the Centre de recherches politiques Raymond Aron, part of the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. He holds an appointment in the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. Vincent Descombes was a member of the French Marxist group Socialisme ou Barbarie.

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Le platonisme, 1970 L'inconscient malgré lui, 1977 Le même et l'autre. Quarante-cinq ans de philosophie française (1933–1978), Editions de Minuit, 1979. Trans. Modern French Philosophy, Cambridge University Press, 1980. ISBN 0-521-29672-2. Grammaire d'objets en tous genres, 1983. Trans. Objects of All Sourts: A Philosophical Grammar, Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 0-8018-2551-2. Proust: philosophie du roman, Editions de Minuit, 1987. Trans. Proust: Philosophy of the Novel, Stanford University Press, 1992. ISBN 0-8047-2000-2 Philosophie par gros temps, 1989 Trans. The Barometer of Modern Reason: On the Philosophie of Current Events, Oxford University Press, 1993. ISBN 0-19-5066812. La denrée mentale, 1995. Trans. The Mind's Provisions: A Critique of Cognitivism, Princeton University Press, 2001. ISBN 0-691-00131-6. Les Institutions du sens, 1996 Le Complément de sujet, 2004 Les Embarras de l'identité, 2013 Exercices d'humanité, 2013