In The Hand, the first volume of his trilogy, Raymond Tallis looked at how humans have overcome the constraints of biology. The second volume, I Am, focused on two crucial aspects of the escape from being a mere organism: selfhood and agency. This, the final volume in the trilogy, argues that knowledge is unique to human beings and sufficiently important to call man 'the knowing animal'.
1. The Assault on the Knowing Subject
2. Naturalised Knowledge
3. The Case for Epistogony
Part 2 - From Sentience to Sentences
4. An Outline of Epistogony
5. Aspects of Propositional Awareness
6. Some Truths about Truth
Part 3 - The Knowing Agent
7. The Uncoupled Animal
8. The Rational Agent
Part 4 - Knowledge Encounters Itself
9. Appetites and Desires
10. The Unhealing Wound
About the Author
Raymond Tallis is a man unusual in modern medicine. His career has been devoted to caring for, studying, and advancing the health of older people in society. But while working as a Professor of Geriatric medicine at the University of Manchester, he has developed a parallel career - as a philosopher, critic, poet and novelist - largely unknown to his clinical brotherhood and sisterhood. Indeed, important though his medical work has been, it is likely that his philosophy, and especially his philosophical anthropology, will leave a particularly indelible mark on human affairs.
Tallis conjures up a challenging and endlessly fascinating way of thinking about ourselves that should act as a signpost for the future where we might learn once again to glimpse, as our forebears did, the wonder - and mystery - of ourselves.
One of the most intriguing figures in the current intellectual scene.