Ghost in the Machine

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Thu Jun 10 11:40:54 UTC 2004

On Thu, 10 Jun 2004, Ron wrote:

> What is the origin of the phrase "Ghost in the machine"?

Gilbert Ryle, The Concept of Mind (1949) ch. 1, uses this to refer to
Descartes' philosophy of mind.

Fred Shapiro

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