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The Nature and Limits of Human Understanding

By Anthony J. Sanford / T&T Clark / 2003


Print: $70.00


This volume is an exploration of human understanding, from the perspectives of psychology, philosophy, biology and theology. The six contributors are among the most internationally eminent in their fields. Though scholarly, the writing is non-technical. No background in psychology, philosophy or theology is presumed. No other interdisciplinary work has undertaken to explore the nature of human understanding. This book is unique, and highly significant for anyone interested in or concerned about the human condition.

The topics covered include: models and illusions of understanding; the mental mechanisms behind metaphors; how the body shapes thought; the ways in which humans deal with causation, mathematics, morality, the soul and God; the context and influence of evolutionary theory; first- and third-person consciousness; and the nature of metaphysical and theological understanding.

Key Features

  • Multi-disciplinary approach to human understanding
  • Ten lectures from five experts, each representing different academic fields.
  • Lectures delivered at the 2001 Gifford Lectures in Natural Theology at the University of Glasgow.

Praise for the Print Edition

This book is a must for readers with an interest in the issues of mind, knowledge, understanding and interpretation in the context of modern cognitive psychology and modern evolutionary theory. The authors, as well as the editor, are among the best qualified that can be found… For anyone interested in these existentially important questions this book is a rich source of inspiration.

—Pieter Seuren, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Product Details

  • Title: The Nature and Limits of Human Understanding
  • Editor: Anthony J. Sanford
  • Publisher: T & T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Pages: 288

About Anthony J. Sanford

Anthony J. Sanford, F.B.PsS. is Professor of Psychology, University of Glasgow.

Sample Pages from the Print Edition