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Single Idea 22866

[catalogued under 15. Nature of Minds / A. Nature of Mind / 1. Mind / a. Mind]

Full Idea

Mind is primarily a verb. ...Mind never denotes anything self-contained, isolated from the world of persons and things, but is always used with respect to situations, events, objects, persons and groups.

Gist of Idea

Mind is never isolated, but only exists in its interactions


John Dewey (The Later Works (17 vols, ed Boydston) [1930], 10:267), quoted by David Hildebrand - Dewey 1 'emerge'

Book Reference

Hildebrand,David: 'Dewey' [One World 2008], p.31

A Reaction

I strongly agree with the idea that mind is a process, not a thing. Certain types of solitary introspection don't seem to quite fit his account, but in general he is right.

Related Idea

Idea 4166 A consciousness without an object is no consciousness [Schopenhauer]