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Varieties of Presence

Varieties of PresenceVarieties of Presence by Alva Noë
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

After re-reading and teaching his Out of Our Heads this semester I decided to explore another of Noe's books. This one was just okay.

I feel like Noe is in a contemporary form developing some of the ideas in the pragmatist/process tradition without being deeply in that tradition. He is influenced by Putnam, but other than a quote from Dewey here and there, no other major members of that tradition are referenced.

This book I think would actually benefit from the author reading deeply in James and Whitehead. In particular in one essay he says he is a criticizing empiricism. He seems ignorant of radical empiricism, with which I believe he would agree.

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