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Raymond Tallis

Raymond Tallis is a Professor of Geriatric Medicine at University of Manchester, a position he has held since 1987, and is a Consultant in Health Care of Older People at Salford Royal Hospitals Trust.

He is a leading figure in British gerontology and has been awarded many prizes and Visiting Professorships, including most recently the Dhole-Eddleston Memorial Prize for his medical writing about the care of older people. His major research interests are in stroke, epilepsy and neurological rehabilitation and he was elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in acknowledgement of this work.

Over the last 15 years, he has published fiction, several volumes of poetry and over a dozen books in the fields of the philosophy of mind, philosophical anthropology, literary theory, and cultural criticism. His books offer a critique of current predominant intellectual trends and an alternative understanding of consciousness, the nature of language and of what it is to be human. For this he was awarded Doctor of Letters (Hon Causa) from the University of Hull in 1997 and LittD at the University of Manchester 2002.

`Raymond Tallis was on the panel at The Great Debate: Whatever Happened to the Subject? in March 2004 and The Great Debate: Genes, Memes, Minds in November 2004 and gave a key note speech on Darwinism without Darwinitis at the event Agents of Change? Darwinian Thought and Theories of Human Nature Revisited on 25th October 2008.

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Books
The Hand: A Philosophical Enquiry into Human Being

The Hand: A Philosophical Enquiry into Human Being by Raymond Tallis
What are the origins of human difference? This book argues that the nature of difference between human beings and other animals is the result of a complex sequence of events which began several million years ago with the evolution of the human hand. Raymond Tallis combines philosophical reflection with a light-hearted look at gestures, the role of each finger, the origins of numbers and the case for and against what he names "handkind".

I am: A Philosophical Enquiry into First-person Being The Knowing Animal: A Philosophical Enquiry into Knowledge and Truth I am: A Philosophical Enquiry into First-person Being by Raymond Tallis

The Knowing Animal: A Philosophical Enquiry into Knowledge and Truth by Raymond Tallis

The Enemies of Hope: A Critique of Contemporary Pessimism

The Enemies of Hope: A Critique of Contemporary Pessimism by Raymond Tallis






In Defence of Realism

In Defence of Realism by Raymond Tallis







The Raymond Tallis Reader

The Raymond Tallis Reader by Raymond Tallis, Michael Grant (Editor)







Newton's Sleep: The Two Cultures and the Two Kingdoms

Newton's Sleep: The Two Cultures and the Two Kingdoms by Raymond Tallis






A Conversation with Martin Heidegger

A Conversation with Martin Heidegger by Raymond Tallis







Increasing Longevity: Medical, Social and Political Implications

Increasing Longevity: Medical, Social and Political Implications by Raymond Tallis (editor)






Brocklehurst's Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology

Brocklehurst's Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology by Raymond Tallis, Howard M. Fillit






On the Edge of Certainty: Philosophical Explorations

On the Edge of Certainty: Philosophical Explorations by Raymond Tallis








Not Saussure: A Critique of Post-Saussurean Literary Theory (Language, Discourse, Society) by Raymond Tallis

The Politics of Sex and Other Essays Raymond Tallis (Foreword), Robert Grant

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Useful Links

Darwinism without Darwinitis by Raymond Tallis. Text and slides from a talk given at the Agents of Change workshop held in Newcastle upon Tyne, October 2008 as part of The Great Debate 10th Anniversary.

Amazon.co.uk: books by Raymond Tallis

Truth, the Self and the Human Agent after Postmodernism

Review of Man, Beast and Zombie Raymond Tallis in prospect

A new classification of higher level gait disorders in patients with cerebral multi-infarct states by Richard Liston, Jane Mickelborough, Jacqueline Bene and Raymond Tallis

Neither Nature Nor Nurture by Raymond Tallis

Biology vs. the Blank Slate Steven Pinker deconstructs the great myths about how the mind works.

Study: People living longer, healthier

Longevity 'is not a threat to NHS' By Roger Highfield and David Derbyshire

Britons growing older gracefully by Tim Radford, Sat September 13, 2003 The Guardian

Sokal and Bricmont: Is this the beginning of the end of the dark ages in the humanities? by Raymond Tallis

action, reaction by Sohko Fujimoto

Leave well alone commentary by Raymond Tallis

Revisiting old debates

Enlightened paralysis, or hyper-Enlightenment?: the end of the p-age by Peter Gray, University of Stirling

Review of Enemies of Hope: A Critique of Contemporary Pessimism

In Defence of Realism

The Two Cultures Revisited by Richard Webster Letter to The Times Literary Supplement (unpublished) by Clare O'Farrell

The Explicit Animal: A Defence of Human Consciousness review by Dan Simon

Edmond Wright: an introduction

In sickness and in health: 'ascent of man' down to digits by Dr James Le Fanu

Tallis tackles Brocklehurstís Textbook

How to achieve concordance through ethnic sensitivity and lateral thinking: a case study by Anna Murphy and Raymond Tallis

Hilarious spoof on post-structuralism by M. L. Raina. Review of Postmodern Pooh by Frederick Crews

The Naming of the Disease : How Jakobson's essay on aphasia initiated postmodernist deceits by James Drake The Times Literary Supplement, September 4 1998

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