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The Faculties: A History

Dominik Perler


It seems quite natural to explain the activities of human and nonhuman animals by referring to their special faculties. Thus, we say that dogs can smell things in their environment because they have perceptual faculties, or that human beings can think because they have rational faculties. But what are faculties? In what sense are they responsible for a wide range of activities? How can they be individuated? How are they interrelated? And why are different types of faculties assigned to different types of living beings? The six chapters in this book discuss these questions, covering a wide peri ... More

Keywords: metaphysics, faculties, philosophy of mind

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199935253
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199935253.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dominik Perler, editor
Humboldt University, Berlin

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